First in a series to help you to close the QC Gap . .
There is a gap between well-established
QC theories and everyday practice in most labs.
- If everyone practiced QC as it is described in the majority of scientific
references, they would all interpret QC charts essentially the same. Yet there
was no consensus in their answers when over 100 laboratory professionals were
shown QC charts and asked “Is this method OK?”
- If labs fail to report results that are “close enough to right,” then
patients may be misdiagnosed or mistreated. In a 2009 AACC webinar live
poll, only 56% of respondents even claimed their lab could guarantee that!
- Somebody should do something about this. You are somebody –
please do something!
A Competency Combo – much more than just a self-study course
- Lessons on CD describe the fundamentals of Understanding
Error, Evaluating Error, and Monitoring Error in plain language with few
statistical formulae, each summarized into “just the horse sense,” with lots
of graphics to illustrate concepts, case studies of sample problems, and
competency exercises to test your understanding.
- Interactive Simulators let you model the six simple
statistics of Quality Control. Change the Mean, SD, True Value, or Total
Allowable Error Limit, then see the impact on Total Error and Margin for Error
with graphics. Model your own data. Create as many examples as you
- An Online Access Key lets you take the QC Gap
Poll, practice with self-test quizzes, join discussion forums, and assess competency
at www.awesome-numbers.org. This is a
– you have to prove you can practice the theory to
pass the test!
- A Quick Reference Guide can be posted to remind you of
the critical concepts.
Who will benefit?
Ultimately, patients will benefit if
you close the QC Gap and ensure that your laboratory reports only clinically
meaningful results. This course will bring valuable understanding to
anyone interested in the quality of laboratory results.
“If you are studying the critical role of laboratory quality control for
the first time, I hope you will feel the foundation concepts presented here
‘just make common sense.’ These same concepts and examples may make you
feel uneasy about current practice if you are responsible for laboratory
quality, already practice ‘quality control’, or if you teach. In any case,
I hope you will emerge believing that Patient-Focused Quality Competence will
enable you to guarantee clinically acceptable patient results – and you will
have a drive to do just that.” Zoe
12 contact hours. Credits to be
assigned. CD includes access to one online competency exam.