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Patient Risk Management

A patient risk approach to QC means planning your QC based on the type or method of the test and its impact on patient outcomes when a failure is detected. We’ve developed an informational white paper that succinctly summarizes the best thinking from leading laboratorians and regulatory bodies about patient risk and QC design.

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Designing QC Strategies to Assure the Quality of Patient Results in the Era of Laboratory Automation


Uncertainty of Measurement in the Clinical Laboratory
November 10, 2009 - Toronto, Canada

Two questions are traditionally asked when designing a laboratory quality control strategy; how many QC specimens should be analyzed and what QC rules will provide the statistical power needed to detect critical out-of-control error conditions. However, the modern automated laboratory must answer a third question in order to design an effective quality control process; how frequently should QC testing be performed. Traditional QC design gives no guidance on when QC testing should occur. This talk proposes an approach to designing QC strategies that can objectively address the question of how frequently to schedule QC testing

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Measurement Uncertainty - How to calculate it in the clinical laboratory - Dr Godfrey Moses, PhD, FCACB - National Director - Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories

Uncertainty of Measurement - Dwayne Kelly, BSc, ART - Technical Director - Respiratory and Laboratory, Woodstock General Hospital

Measurement Uncertainty Statistics using Unity Real Time 2.0 - Clément Arès, BSc - Senior Product Manager - Bio-Rad Laboratories (Canada) Ltd.

Traceability and Uncertainty of Measurement for Medical Laboratories - OLA reference document - Linda Crawford, director at OLA and QMPLS

EQAS Quality Specification Report

EQAS Quality Specification Report

As an international EQA provider, Bio-Rad determines the acceptable performance of a laboratory participating in their EQAS® Program. Performance of each reported test result is based on a statistical comparison to a robust mean and standard deviation. The use of robust statistics based on ISO 13528 and assessment against a consensus group mean are widely accepted practices used in many ISO 17043 accredited programs.

Globally, a number of regulatory bodies and scientific organizations have independently determined acceptable performance criteria(quality specifications)for a number of key laboratory tests.These are based on Biological Variation, regulatory or scientific recommendations.

In the new EQAS® Quality Specification Report, a laboratory may assess their EQA test performance based on the quality specification of their choice. Performance in this report is based on the percent deviation of the reported test result. This value-added report is only available through EQAS® Online. A laboratory may generate their EQAS® Quality Specification Report for each sample reported on. It does not replace the EQAS® Sample Report.

Bio-Rad will initially offer Biological Variation (BV) limits (minimal, desirable and optimal), CLIA proficiency limits, RiliBÄK, RCPA, QMP-LS and GOST criteria for acceptable analytical performance in the EQAS® Quality Specification Report. Additional performance criteria (quality specifications) and guidelines will follow.

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Remote Connections

A Bio-Rad Trainer can teach you how to use the software according to the needs of your laboratory, in your real environment, using your own computer. All you need is a computer with Internet access and a telephone. Click on one of the buttons below for remote connection as directed by Bio-Rad support.

Citrix - Remote Access

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Expert Corner

The impact of QC frequency on patient results

Article presented on MLO - Clinical Issues - September 2008


By John Yundt-Pacheco and Curtis A. Parvin, PhD

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Professional Organizations


Quality Management Program Laboratory Services
Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists


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