2004, 258 pages, 6" x 9" perfect bound
Note: Limited edition.
COLLECTED ESSAYS BY JAMES O. WESTGARD, PHD, FACB
with a Foreword by Callum Fraser, International Expert on Biologic Variation
- 25 Chapters
- 5 commentaries on Truth, QC, Goals, Standards, and Managment
- Foreword by Callum Fraser, noted expert on Biologic Variation
- Preface and Suggestions on use of the book
- Appendix on the use of OPSpecs Charts as essential QC tools
The Collected Wisdom and Advice of an International Expert on laboratory quality management
With the help of Dilbert cartoons, Dr. James O. Westgard, Ph.D., outspoken advocate for better quality in healthcare laboratories and creator of the "Westgard Rules", presents a collection of essential writings on quality. These essays, some of them originally published on Westgard Web, cover topics ranging from Six Sigma to Diabetes, Cholesterol to hs-CRP, Enron to Firestone, NCEP to the CLIA Final Rule, ISO uncertainty to Evidence-Based Medicine. Together, they provide you with a broad and in-depth analysis and perspective on current quality management practices and the need for improvements.
A No-Holds Barred Look at the State of Quality in Healthcare Laboratories
Taken together, these essays fire a broadside at the conventional wisdom about the state of quality in laboratory testing today. This is a book that must be read by laboratory directors and manager, industry executives and consultants, government regulators and surveyors, and professional accreditors and inspectors.
Learn the dirty little secrets about the lack of quality in laboratory testing today...
- Why scientific studies may be biased by unscientific assumptions about the performance and stability of laboratory testing processes.
- How professional standards and practice guidelines are setting the wrong goals for quality - and don't know it
- Why "Electronic QC" and "Equivalent QC" endanger the quality of patient testing
- How CLIA has failed to assure the quality of laboratory testing
- Why current management practices may be bad for healthcare organizations
- And much much more...
Nothing but the Truth about Quality is the real book on quality management in the healthcare laboratory. Bringing these issues to life and into your life - it goes beyond the formal scientific papers and the glossy instrument brochures to illustrate the importance of quality in everday issues, especially healthcare.
Finally, you can get the truth about quality.
| Table of Contents
|The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth
|1. A Truth Standard for Quality
|2. Quintiles and Quality
|3. Why not Evidence-Based Method Specifications?
|4. Cooking the Books: Is it happening in lab error budgets?
|5. Think Straight, Talk Straight
|Nothing but the Truth about Quality Goals
|6. Quality Goals, Requirements and Specifications
|7. Quality by Design
|8. Quality Goals and Equivalent Quality Testing
|9. Errors in Reasoning about Laboratory Errors
|10. JCAHO Patient Safety Goals
|Nothing but the Truth about Quality Control
|11. Good Data Wanted, Bad Data Need Not Apply!
|12. Autoverification: Taking QC to the Next Level - up or down?
|13. "Electronic QC" and the Total Testing Process
|14. Lies, Damn Lies, and "Equivalent QC"
|15. Doing the Right QC
|Nothing but the Truth about Quality Standards and Regulations
|16. Enron and Quality - When Opposites Detract
|17. CLIA Postponed and postponed and postponed and postponed
|18. ISO Says So: Recommendations for Validation of User QC
|19. To be Uncertain or in Error? That is the Question
|20. Quality-Less Compliance
|Nothing bu the Truth about Quality Management
|21. Quality in the New Millenium
|22. Quality is Job 1 when the Rubber meets the Road
|23. It's not Rocket Science: Lessons from the Shuttle Disasters
|24. Medical Errors - Complexity and its Solutions
|25. Truth, just Truth
|Appendix 1: Primer on OPSpecs Charts
|Postscript: It's an Honor
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