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The NEW Poor Labs Guide to the Regulations 2015

The New Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations
  • Copyright:2015
  • Edition: 2nd
  • ISBN:9781886958296
  • Pages:248

Price: $80.00

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Revised, Updated, and Expanded 2015 Edition!

More than 250 years ago, one of the founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, published a yearly almanac that contained a collection of useful information and advice for the American colonists. Titled Poor Richard's Almanack, it was one of the first bestsellers of America. For decades, Franklin's almanac provided indispensable advice and encouragement to struggling settlers in the new world.

Summoning that spirit, Dr. Sharon S. Ehmeyer has written The Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations, a plain-language discussion of the rules, requirements and regulations that govern medical laboratories, with a focus on US medical laboratories. Achieving and maintaining compliance isn't an easy task. But with the new Poor Lab's Guide, getting the right advice is very easy.

In 9 concise chapters, Dr. Ehrmeyer describes a common-sense path to compliance:

  • An overview of regulations from CLIA, CAP, TJC, and COLA
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Procedure Manuals
  • Method Verification, Calibration and Calibration Verification
  • Quality Control for the small laboratory
  • Quality Assurance
  • Personnel Competency Requirements
  • Inspection Tips, Tools for Self-preparedness
  • Point-of-Care testing requirements, IQCP and the future

What's New in the 2015 Edition

The last few years (2012 through 2014) have been tumultuous ones for laboratories. Healthcare reform has brough rushing financial pressures to bear on many labs. Major regulatory changes are also in the works for Point of Care devices - where EQC is going to be replaced by IQCP. This 2015 edition of the PLG explains the theory of IQCP, the specific components of a QCP, and provides simplified guidance on how to develop an IQCP for each of your tests. Also covered is the contentious topic of glucose meters being used "off label" on the "critically ill." Finally, the updated requirements of the Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists, and COLA are explained.

More than ever, the Poor Lab's Guide is an essential compliance tool for laboratories large and small.