Tools, Technologies and Training for Healthcare Laboratories

Biologic Variation Database, the 2014 Update

Celebrate 15 years of evidence-based quality goals! The 8th update of the biologic variation database, with updated specifications and new analytes for 2014.
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Dr David Burnett's new book on ISO 15189

With every new version of ISO 15189, there's a need to update the laboratory approach to obtaining accreditation. Just in time, Dr. David Burnett has updated his textbook: A Practical Guide to ISO 15189 in Laboratory Medicine.

Invitation for Patient Percentile Monitoring

Dr. Dietmar Stöckl and Dr. Linda Thienpont are embarking on an ambitious new project of performance monitoring. This is an open invitation for the pilot stage of an exciting new effort at using patient percentiles as a way to fulfill quality indicator requirements of the ISO 15189 examination phase.

In Favor of "Full QC"

Back in November 2012, MLO ran an article titled "Empty QC" where the author suggested that some of our current QC practices are not adding value, or even supplying any useful function. This article prompted a response in our blog, Is QC "running on empty"?. But more recently, one of the website readers offered his own response.

Using Allowable Total Error in Assay Migration

Total Allowable Error can be used to benchmark test performance. It can be used to help optimize QC Design and determine Sigma-metrics. But can it be helpful when moving tests from one platform to another? One of our most popular guest authors, Hans van Schaik, discusses how he used TEa in this way at Ziekenhuis St. Antonius