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Risk, Error and Uncertainty: Laboratory Quality Management in the Age of Metrology

March 2017: Westgard, Armbruster and Westgard editors are proud to announce a special issue of Clinics in Laboratory Medicine.

Risk, Error and Uncertainty

Laboratory Quality Management in the Age of Metrology

Risk Error and Uncertainty Cover

2017, 241 pages, 9" by 6" hardcover [also available as an ePub]
ISSN 0272-2712
ISBN-13 978-323-47743-7
List price: $98.89

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In 15 concise chapters, the great debate of our laboratory age, on risk and quality, on measurement uncertainty and total analytical error, and more, is discussed by a distinguished set of 37 experts:

  • Measuring Analytical Quality: Total Analytical Error Versus Measurement Uncertainty
  • Uncertainty in Measurement and Total Error: Tools for Coping with Diagnostic Uncertainty
  • Rhetoric Versus Reality? Laboratory Surveys Show Actual Practice Differs Considerably from Proposed Models and Mandated Calculations
  • Biologic Variation Approach to Daily Laboratory Operation
  • Understanding the Use of Sigma Metrics in Hemoglobin A1c Analysis
  • State-of-the-Art Approach to Goal-Setting
  • Six Sigma Quality Management and Design of Risk-based Statistical Quality Control
  • Sigma Metrics Across the Total Testing Process
  • Metrological Traceability of Assays and Comparability of Patient Test Results
  • A Total Quality Control Plan with Right-Sized Statistical Quality Control
  • Accreditation of Individualized Quality Control Plans bythe College of American Pathologists
  • Sunway Medical Laboratory Control Plans Based on Six Sigma, Risk Management and Uncertainty
  • Applying Sigma Metrics to Reduce Outliers
  • Quality Indicators for the Total Testing Process
  • Using Sigma Quality Control to Verify and Monitor Performance in a Multi-Instrument, Multisite Integrated Health Care Network

About the Authors

EDITORS
JAMES O. WESTGARD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of
Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin; Westgard QC, Inc, Madison,
Wisconsin

DAVID ARMBRUSTER, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Director, Clinical Chemistry, Abbott Diagnostics, Abbott Park, Illinois

STEN A. WESTGARD, MS
Director, Client Services and Technology, Westgard QC, Inc, Madison, Wisconsin

AUTHORS
VIRTUDES ALVAREZ, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

ADA AITA, Biol Sci
Department of Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy

DAVID ARMBRUSTER, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Director, Clinical Chemistry, Abbott Diagnostics, Abbott Park, Illinois

CARMEN BIOSCA, PhD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

RAQUEL BLAZQUEZ, MD
Programa de Supervision Externa de la Calidad y Comision de Garantıa de Calidad del
Laboratorio Clı´nico, Spanish Association of Pharmaceutical Analists (AEFA), Madrid,
Spain

BEATRIZ BONED, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

FERNANDO CAVA, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

NAVAPUN CHARURUKS, MD, FRCPath (Thailand)
Laboratory Department, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Risk, Error and Uncertainty: Laboratory Quality Management in the Age of Metrology

ZORAIDA CORTE, PhD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

JORGE DIAZ-GARZON, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

EMMA ENGLISH, PhD
Lecturer in Health Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Health Science,
University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

PILAR FERNANDEZ-CALLE, PhD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

PILAR FERNANDEZ-FERNANDEZ, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

JOSE VICENTE GARCIA-LARIO, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

ELISABET GONZALEZ, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

HAROLD H. HARRISON, MD, PhD, FACB, FCAP
Director of Clinical Pathology, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania

GERALD A. HOELTGE, MD, FCAP
Checklist Commissioner, College of American Pathologists, Northfield, Illinois

JAMUNA JAIRAMAN, BSc, MPH
Senior Manager, Allied Health Support, Pathology Laboratory Department, Sunway
Medical Centre, Selangor, Malaysia

JAY B. JONES, PhD, D(ABCC), FACB
Director (Ret.), Clinical Chemistry, Geisinger Regional Laboratories, Danville,
Pennsylvania

JOSEP M. JOU, MD
Comite de Estandarizacion. Spanish Society of Hematology and Hemotherapy (SEHH),
Madrid, Spain

ERNA LENTERS-WESTRA, PhD
HbA1c Researcher, European Reference Laboratory for Glycohemoglobin, Clinical
Chemistry Department, Isala, Zwolle, The Netherlands

LEE SUAN LI, BSc
Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist, Pathology Laboratory Department, Sunway Medical
Centre, Selangor, Malaysia

JOSEPH LITTEN, PhD
Corporate Technical and Development Manager, Laboratory, Valley Health, Winchester,
Virginia

JOANA MINCHINELA, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

JORGE MORANCHO, MD
Programa de Supervision Externa de la Calidad y Comision de Garantıa de Calidad del
Laboratorio Clınico, Spanish Association of Pharmaceutical Analists (AEFA), Madrid,
Spain

CARMEN PERICH, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

MARIO PLEBANI, MD
Department of Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy

ENRIQUE PRADA, MD
Comite de Calidad, Gestion, Seguridad y Evidencia. Spanish Association of Medical
Biopathology-Laboratory Medicine (AEBM-LM), Madrid, Spain

FRANCISCO RAMON, MD
Comite´ de Programas Externos de la Calidad, Spanish Society of Clinical Chemistry and
Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

CARMEN RICOS, PhD
Comite de Programas Externos de la Calidad, Spanish Society of Clinical Chemistry and
Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

ZARINAH SAKIMAN, BSc
Assistant Manager, Pathology Laboratory Department, Sunway Medical Centre,
Selangor, Malaysia

ANGEL SALAS, MD
Comite de Programas Externos de la Calidad, Spanish Society of Clinical Chemistry and
Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

LAURA SCIACOVELLI, Biol Sci
Department of Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy

MARGARITA SIMO N, MD
Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQC), Commission of Analytical Quality,
Barcelona, Padilla, Spain

ELVAR THEODORSSON, MD, PhD
Professor, Departments of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical and Experimental Medicine,
Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden

JAMES O. WESTGARD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of
Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin; Westgard QC, Inc, Madison,
Wisconsin

STEN A. WESTGARD, MS
Director, Client Services and Technology, Westgard QC, Inc, Madison, Wisconsin