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Patient-Focused Laboratory Quality?The Fundamentals: 3. Monitoring Quality

  • Copyright: 2014

Price: $75.00

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Avoid common pitfalls in calculations and recognize frequent misconceptions and errors that hinder the value of QC charts.

  • Explore how rules really work.
  • Simulate varying changes in accuracy or precision and see how long it takes before the first 1-2s flag.
  • Extrapolate that to the number of patients exposed to risk.
  • Demonstrate how Q.C. practices impact patient care.

After successful completion, you will be able to describe, practice, and demonstrate competence to:

  • Use the phrase "A number is a thing OF AWE" to clarify the source of, and the information conveyed by, Q.C. numbers.
  • Describe how four key numbers drive the quality of lab performance.
  • Explain how the opinion of the medical director impacts the source of True Value and TEa limits for "Where you Want to be."
  • Illustrate how verifiable Facts based on measured data from a recent single data set convey "Where you Are."
  • Calculate Bias, Total Error, and Margin for Error (Just add, subtract, multiply, and divide - no stats!).
  • Evaluate quality by looking at Performance BarZ and, if necessary, calculating Margin for Error.
  • Explain how the assigned mean and SD on the Q.C. chart convey "Where you Expect to be."
  • Use a Q.C. simulator to model the impact of how labs choose to assign mean and SD values for QC charts and rules.
  • Graph the number of runs required to detect a change in accuracy or precision to compare if assigned Mean and SD values are or are not based on recent measured values.
  • Discuss how the number of runs required to detect a change relates to patient risk.
  • Demonstrate how Q.C. practices impact patient care.