Westgard Web - Westgard QC Westgard Web - Home of Westgard QC, Inc. Tools, Technology and Training for healthcare laboratory professionals http://www.westgard.com/page-2.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:15:30 +0000 en-gb Performance of a POC Chemistry Analyzer http://www.westgard.com/2014-poc-chem.htm http://www.westgard.com/2014-poc-chem.htm Small point-of-care chemistry analyzers continue to enter the market. Is the latest model an acceptable substitute for core lab quality results?

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westgard@westgard.com (Sten Westgard, MS) frontpage Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:26:50 +0000
IQCP: Does the P stand for Placebo? http://www.westgard.com/iqcp-placebo.htm http://www.westgard.com/iqcp-placebo.htm The momentum behind IQCP is accelerating. Companies are launching education initiatives, new software programs, and there are webinars, workshops, and online tutorials. But does anyone really understand what an IQCP is yet? Does anyone know what the P stands for? Problem? Plan? Placebo?

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Free Membership (It's Free) http://www.westgard.com/free-membership-its-free.htm http://www.westgard.com/free-membership-its-free.htm Probably the feature users will like least about the new Westgard Web is membership. In order to access some articles on the website, you'll need to become a member and login when you visit the website. But membership is free and the benefits of membership outweigh the hassle.

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Evaluation of 4 POC instruments http://www.westgard.com/4-poc-southafrica.htm http://www.westgard.com/4-poc-southafrica.htm An analysis of 4 different point-of-care (POC) analyzers and one POC device for HbA1c, based on a study published in 2012. The focus of the study was to find practical POC devices that could support faster decision making for the country's large HIV population. The question is, do any POC devices provide adequate quality for that type of clinical care?

westgard@westgard.com (Sten Westgard, MS) frontpage Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:10:49 +0000
Will Bad Risk drive out Good QC? http://www.westgard.com/bad-risk-iqcp.htm http://www.westgard.com/bad-risk-iqcp.htm With the expiration date on EQC drawing ever closer, US labs still await the details about its replacement. While CLSI EP23 has been public for more than a year, and CMS has made press releases about the new IQCP (Individualized Quality Control Plans) and has announced the benefits of this new forthcoming policy, the actual regulatory language has yet to be released or described.

westgard@westgard.com (Sten Westgard, MS) frontpage Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:47:58 +0000
Would your lab have caught this error? http://www.westgard.com/error-catch.htm http://www.westgard.com/error-catch.htm For all its ubiquity in the lab, proper QC isn't easy. Even though every laboratory has to perform Quality Control, that hasn't made the task any simpler. It still relies on the right mean, the right SD, the right control limits, the right rules and numbers of control measurements, and the right interpretation of control data points. If you get one part of this system wrong, it can throw off the correct implementation. Here's an example that was recently published showing the difficulties and challenges of performing proper QC.

westgard@westgard.com (Sten Westgard) frontpage Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:06:13 +0000
Westgard Training http://www.westgard.com/westgard-training.htm http://www.westgard.com/westgard-training.htm For those who seek to learn about "Westgard Rules", Quality Control, and other topics about Laboratory Quality Management, Westgard QC can provide the best training, either through books, online courses, or public or private workshops. ]]> westgard@westgard.com (James O. Westgard, PhD, and Sten Westgard) frontpage Sun, 15 Feb 2009 22:59:19 +0000