The results are in! More than 600 laboratories from more than 100 countries around the globe answered the 2021 Westgard survey on QC practices. How are labs really performing quality control? The answers may surprise you.
Basic QC Practices
Fighting the pandemic is hard enough. Do we have to struggle with the QC on negative controls for SARS-COV-2 assays too?
Our review of several publications on pre-analytical quality finds that the convergence of world pre-analytical quality is upon us. That, and the plateau is real.
The latest news on pre-analytical errors. In 2019, are we pushing the limits of improvements we can make?
A new survey of 21 Large Academic Medical Centers in the USA has revealed some sobering facts. We assume that QC processes have evolved from the antique practices of the 1950s and 1960s, particularly since the introduction of "Westgard Rules" in 1981 and other evidence-based optimization techniques in subsequent decades. The reality appears to be the opposite. QC practices may be regressing, not evolving.