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Six Sigma Risk Analysis: Designing Analytic QC Plans for the Medical Laboratory

Six Sigma Risk Analysis: Designing Analytic QC Plans for the Medical Laboratory
  • Copyright:2011
  • ISBN:9781886958272
  • Pages:296

Price: $90.00

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Risk Analysis is coming to medical laboratories. But for too many labs, Risk Analysis is a buzzword without meaning, an approach without defined technique. At worst, it threatens to appear like science while being implemented like guesswork.

In this book, Dr. Westgard surveys the ISO standards, as well as published CLSI guidelines, and the long-established Joint Commission methodology for Proactive Risk Reduction.

After providing an overview of the general Risk Analysis approach, Dr. Westgard explains how to adapt the principles for the medical laboratory, with performance-based tools and practical implementation tips:

  • Process maps, flowcharts and fishbone diagrams
  • Risk Acceptability matrices
  • Assessment of hazards through Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Actions System (FRACAS)
  • Six Sigma metric integration into Risk Analysis

Using Six Sigma metrics, Dr. Westgard shows how Risk Analysis can be converted from qualitative and ephemeral to something more quantitative and concrete. When performance data informs Risk Analysis, the decisions become more relevant to medical laboratories and the patients they serve.