Tools, Technologies and Training for Healthcare Laboratories

The 2021 Great Global QC Survey Results

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.

A Downside of Negative Controls for SARS-COV-2 Testing?

Fighting the pandemic is hard enough. Do we have to struggle with the QC on negative controls for SARS-COV-2 assays too?

Another look at Pre-Analytical Error Rates, 2021

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.

Plateau-ing on progress at the pre-analytical phase

The latest news on pre-analytical errors. In 2019, are we pushing the limits of improvements we can make?

Leading Laboratories Lag Behind in QC Practices

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.