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QP 5: Defining Quality Requirements

Now that we agree that we need to plan quality, and that we've decided on a practical process to do it, there's just one hitch left: Where do we find quality requirements? How do we reconcile CLIA PT criterion, clinical decision levels, analytical quality requirements, biological variation, etc.? What does it mean when a salesman says his instrument is "state of the art"? What state? What art? Dr. Westgard introduces a system of quality standards to allow you to determine the quality required for every test. (Preview)

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QP 4: Devising a Practical Process

Ok, so we agree that we need to plan quality. But how to do it? Isn't it incredibly complex and consuming and therefore we simply don't have time for it? NO! There's an easy way to plan quality, a step-by-step process that we can use for every test in the lab. Read this to discover it. (Preview)

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QP-15: Frequently-Asked-Questions about Quality Planning

Usually, we put the FAQ's in our Questions section, but after 14 lessons in Quality Planning, a few questions have come up and it's better to answer them right here. Dr. Westgard clears up some of the common areas of confusion in quality planning. If you still have a question after reading this, please let us know and we'll answer you.

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QP 2: Assuring Quality Through Total Quality Management

There's a way to plan instruments, methods, and procedures so quality is built-in from the start: Total Quality Management (TQM). This triage system allows you to rely on statistical qc for the easy methods, and emphasizez the non-statistical qc components for those harder methods. Dr. Westgard explains how to adopt and apply TQM where you work. (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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