Tools, Technologies and Training for Healthcare Laboratories


20 Questions on Hematology QC

At the LabRoots Webinar on Hematology Quality Assurance, we had a lively exchange with participants. Here are 20 questions that we weren't able to answer in the time alotted. It turns out, many of the questions were about more than just hematology...

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FAQ's on N, runs, control limits

It's time once again to post some of the questions we received in the last few months. These questions were important enough that we thought the answers should be shared with everyone. The definition of N and a run is discussed, as well as z-values, defect rates, external QC when there is no peer group, etc.

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Quintiles and Quality: QC for hs-CRP

There have been several questions recently about how to set a quality requirement, specifically a precision requirement, for the high sensitivity C-reactive protein test (hs-CRP). There certainly is a lot of interest and demand for hs-CRP these days because of published studies that show a correlation of elevated baseline values with a higher risk of future cardiovascular events. Cardiologists are clamoring for the test because of the discussions in the scientific literature and professional meetings.

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Method Validation: Class Questions

This group of questions come from a set of students in Chem 555, a graduate course in Clinical Chemistry at West Chester University, West Chester, PA Dr. Al Caffo was the course instructor and an old friend from DuPont/Dade/Behring days (the good old days). It's been great to have this opportunity to discuss method validation practices.

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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.