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Certificate Program

Practical Approaches to Quality Control in the Clinical Laboratory Certificate Program

  • Credit: 10.0 ACCENT
  • Level: Beginner

Price: $400.00

Member Price: $200.00

Rating: Member Average

PROGRAM CONTENT

This program focuses on the principles and applications of good statistical quality control (QC) practices. Its aim is to explain how QC works, explain what errors interpretive rules are designed to detect, and suggests appropriate investigations for QC failures. Minimal mathematical or statistical theories are presented, as the emphasis is on practical and implementable practices and an explanation of why these practices are suggested.

The content is primarily geared towards laboratory supervisors, managers and technologists in clinical laboratory settings. Trainees in laboratory medicine and laboratory directors may also benefit from this program.

Quality control topics not expressly covered in this certificate program are: an Individual Quality Control Plan (IQCP), control processes that may be "built in" to a measurement system, preparing in-house QC material, using patient results as a QC parameter, or assessing if a measurement procedure is fit for its intended use in clinical care.

The program is composed of seven courses, listed below. Each course can be completed online in approximately 1-2 hours and contains a lecture, slides and transcripts, and a quiz. Some include recommended readings. Communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

COURSES:

  1. Overview and Basic Concepts of Quality Control
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to explain the basic terminology used in QC, to discuss how the medical requirements of test results are established, to describe measurement procedure performance, and to explain the statistical quality control process.
    • Speaker: Greg Miller, PhD, DABCC. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

  2. Establishing QC Parameters for a Test Procedure
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to discuss considerations to select QC materials, to explain the process to establish control values, to list five sources of variability when establishing control values, to describe the steps necessary to evaluate a new reagent lot.
    • Speaker: M. Laura Parnas, PhD, DABCC, FACB. Sutter Health, Livermore, CA

  3. Using QC to Assess Performance of a Test Procedure
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to list four possible outcomes of a QC measurement, to describe common QC rules, to explain a power function graph and how it can identify appropriate QC rules, and to describe the cumulative sum procedure which can be used to identify analytical trends.
    • Speaker: David G. Grenache, PhD, DABCC, FACB. University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT

  4. Frequency to Measure QC Samples
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to implement QC strategy design principles, explain QC strategy considerations, explain QC scheduling risk and the risk of unacceptable patient results, and implement effective QC scheduling practices.
    • Speaker: Curtis Parvin, PhD. Bio-Rad Laboratories, El Paso, TX

  5. Responding to Out of Control Situations
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to investigate QC failures, establish a process for responding to QC failures, and identify patient results that need to be corrected after a QC failure.
    • Speaker: Nikola Baumann, PhD, DABCC. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

  6. Reviewing QC Data
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to describe the parameters that should be included in the daily, weekly, and monthly review of QC data, to explain the management of QC for multiple analyzers, and to utilize ongoing assessment of a QC program to optimize error detection.
    • Speakers: David G. Grenache, PhD, DABCC, FACB. University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT & Nikola Baumann, PhD, DABCC. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

  7. External Quality Assessment/Proficiency Testing
    • Learning Objectives: The learner will be able to explain the value of external assessment, to explain the limitations of proficiency testing, to appropriately measure and report results from EQA/PT, and to correctly interpret results from an EQA/PT program.
    • Speaker: Greg Miller, PhD, DABCC. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division, and is supported by Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Launch Year: 2014
Course Number: 12418

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