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Quality assurance and quality control

Outside the Lab Profession

It’s Our Turn

| Michael Laposata

Michael Laposata, co-author of the IoM report, speaks out…

Inside the Lab Profession

We Need to Talk: Pathologists, Patients and Diagnostic Errors – Part I

We can argue about how many diagnostic errors happen each year, but we can’t deny that there are too many of them. And when one of those errors is ours, denial is especially inappropriate – but how many of us feel comfortable about a confessional with the patient? In the first installment of a two-part feature, we examine the difficulties around disclosure and communication of diagnostic errors.

Inside the Lab Laboratory management

Power to the People

| Michael Schubert

Direct-to-consumer lab tests offer low cost and convenience, but can the results they return be relied upon?

Outside the Lab Quality assurance and quality control

Westgard Rules!

Sitting Down With… James Westgard, Emeritus Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and President of Westgard QC, Inc., USA.

Inside the Lab Regulation and standards

Be Ready for IQCP

| Sharon Ehrmeyer

The USA will implement a new approach to laboratory QC on January 1, 2016, but what is “The Individual Quality Control Plan (IQCP)” and should test sites adopt it?

Diagnostics Neurology

Avoid Mass Spec-ulation: Use References

| Roisin McGuigan

The introduction of a global reference method for measuring beta-amyloid biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid could harmonize Alzheimer’s diagnostic results

Inside the Lab Hematology

Let’s Fast in Harmony

| Mads Nybo

Why we need to harmonize fasting definitions for blood sampling

Inside the Lab Regulation and standards

The IoM Takes on Diagnostic Error

| Roisin McGuigan

New recommendations on improving the diagnostic process focus on errors, communication, and putting the patient at the center of healthcare

Inside the Lab Regulation and standards

The High Price of Diagnostic Error

| Mario Plebani

Putting patient safety first means reducing laboratory-associated and diagnostics errors

Outside the Lab Regulation and standards

EFLM President Mauro Panteghini Speaks Out

| Mauro Panteghini

The objective of the EFLM executive board and the science committee was to increase the level of awareness about the importance of the preanalytical phase among healthcare professionals.

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