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 Westgard QC is proud to announce the publication of Dr. Sharon S. Ehrmeyer's book, The Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations.

The (NEW) Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations

Compliance and Inspection Survival Advice for CLIA, The Joint Commission, CAP and COLA

Successful Strategies and Specific Applications of the Regulations

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2012, 228 pages, 11" by 9" workbook format, wire coil binding
ISBN 1-886958-08-4
ISBN-13 978-1-886958-08-1
List price: $80.00

Download the Foreword by Dr. Westgard, Preface, Table of Contents, Index and chapter excerpts of this book.

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More than 250 years ago, one of the founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, published a yearly almanac that contained a collection of useful information and advice for the American colonists. Titled Poor Richard's Almanack, it was one of the first bestsellers of America. For decades, Franklin's almanac provided indispensable advice and encouragement to struggling settlers in the new world.

Summoning that spirit, Dr. Sharon S. Ehmeyer has written The Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations, a plain-language discussion of the rules, requirements and regulations that govern medical laboratories, with a focus on US medical laboratories.

Achieving and maintaining compliance isn't an easy task. But with the new Poor Lab's Guide, getting the right advice is very easy.

In 9 concise chapters, Dr. Ehrmeyer describes a common-sense path to compliance:

  • An overview of regulations from CLIA, CAP, TJC, and COLA
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Procedure Manuals
  • Method Verification, Calibration and Calibration Verification
  • Quality Control for the small laboratory
  • Quality Assurance
  • Personnel Competency Requirements
  • Inspection Tips, Tools for Self-preparedness
  • Point-of-Care testing requirements, EQC and the future

The Poor Lab's Guide is an essential guide to compliance for laboratories small and large.

Download the Foreword by Dr. Westgard, Preface, Table of Contents, Index and chapter excerpts of this book.

Order the book now online.

About the Author

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Sharon Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Program at the University of Wisconsin's Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin. She currently is the secretary for AACC's POCT Division and recently completed a 6-year term on the Board of Directors for NCCLS and the chairmanship of AACC's Government Relations Committee. Dr. Ehrmeyer's research areas focus on laboratory quality issues, laboratory regulations impact on laboratory practices, and POCT. She has written numerous book chapters and journal articles and has presented these interests, nationally and internationally.

For decades, Dr. Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., has been guiding laboratories in their compliance efforts. She speaks frequently on CLIA, CAP, The Joint Commission, and COLA. She is an expert at decoding bureaucratic jargon and translating it into easily-understood tasks. Her down-to-earth tips and pragmatic advice have made her a favorite at conferences around the world. Now all of her recommendations (and more) are available in this reference manual.