Tools, Technologies and Training for Healthcare Laboratories

2015 EDITION

Poor Lab's Guide 2015 Edition

by Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, PhD.

Is your lab ready for IQCP?

POC vs. Core Lab: who's biased?

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A new study looks at discrepancies between a Point-of-Care device and the core laboratory analyzer.

When two methods in the same system disagree, who's "right"?

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QP-13: Coagulation Applications

Many laboratorians commonly think that QC theory is only for chemistry. Not true! The Quality Planning process can be applied to any test - and here's the proof for coagulation analytes like Prothrombing Time, Partial Thromboplastin Time, and Fibrinogen.  (Preview)

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QP-12: Immunoassay Applications

The Quality Planning Process in action! Recently a survey of immunoassay instruments in CAP TODAY said that immunoassay methods were the "trickiest" to QC. But no matter how difficult or tricky, you can still plan quality for it. Examples in this lesson show how to choose control rules and materials for thyroxine, cortisol, thyroid stimulating hormone, and more. General suggestions for immunoassays are also given. (Preview)

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QP-9: Practice makes Proficient

You've read about this new Quality Planning process. But you're skeptical. Want to see proof? How about some real-world examples, showing bench-level quality planning in seconds. Well, this lesson provides an overview of needs, approach, and methodology for quality planning in healthcare laboratories. This overview should be useful as a preview, review, or quick refresher of the quality-planning process and the training materials available to support your applications.

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QP-11: Blood Gas Applications

The Quality Planning Process in action! Examples in this lesson show how to choose control rules and materials for pH, pO2, pCO2and more. The differences between POC and instrument analyzers are also discussed. (Preview)

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QP-10: Automated Chemistry Applications

The Quality Planning Process in action! Examples in this lesson show how to choose control rules and materials for cholesterol, glucose, chloride, calcium, and more. General suggestions for chemistry analytes are also given. (Preview)

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QP-6: Adopting the OPSpecs Chart as Your Planning Tool

Want to build QC requirements into your quality-planning process? Take method instability into account? Use a quick graphical method? OPSpecs (Operating Specifications) charts are graphical tools does all that and more. All you need to do is figure out if a point is above or below a line. How much simpler can it get? (Preview)

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WESTGARD QC promotes the latest news, education, and tools in the quality control field. Our goal is to bring tools, technology and training into today's healthcare industry — by featuring QC lessons, QC case studies and frequent essays from leaders in the quality control area. This is also a reference source for quality requirements, including CLIA requirements for analytical quality. This website features the best explanation of the Multirule ("Westgard Rules") and how to use them. For laboratory and healthcare professionals looking for educational and reference material in the quality control field.

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