Each April, The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) recognizes the critical role of medical laboratory professionals in the health care system.
The Resources page of the IQMH website is home to a variety of discipline-specific Proficiency Testing scientific posters and publications.
IQMH is seeking volunteers to sit on its Proficiency Testing Scientific Committees, effective May 2023. Membership on committees consists of a three-year term of office, renewable once. Committees meet an average of four times a year for half-day or full-day meetings.
We are seeking the following member(s) at this time:
On International Women’s Day, IQMH celebrates the achievements of women in health care. Millions of laboratory tests are performed each day that help with the diagnosis and treatment of health issues affecting Canadians. Many of these tests are conducted by women in the laboratory.
Discrimination against racialized communities, specifically Black people, is deeply entrenched and normalized in Canadian institutions, policies, and practices and often goes unseen to those who are not affected.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most commonly inherited single gene disorder among millions of people worldwide. This hereditary red cell disorder affects individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds, i.e., Mediterranean, African, Caribbean, Middle East, South America, and South Asian. In Ontario, over 3500 people are affected by SCD with a total of more than 6,000 Canadians; predominantly in individuals who identify as Black.
The annual antimicrobial resistance (ARO) survey was created in collaboration by Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) to understand current risks to patient safety specific to ARO resistance and improving infection control practices.
The prevalence of diabetes among Black Canadian adults is over two times the rate than in White Canadians.
Specifically, Type 2 diabetes in Black Canadians is caused by genetics, but also in part by social and environmental factors.
Almost half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Between 2015 and 2030, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed is expected to increase by about 40%.
Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize the contributions and achievements of Black communities in health care.
Did you know 1 in 2 people struggling with mental health aren’t getting the help they need? Workplaces can play an essential part in maintaining positive mental health.
On Bell Let’sTalk Day, IQMH encourages dialogue to bring greater awareness about mental health in the workplace.
Elaine had big shoes to fill when she arrived at IQMH eight years ago. However, she immediately jumped into the role and continued to maintain the programs and excellent customer service, thanks to her extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience from being a previous customer herself. Elaine added value and improvement initiatives to her programs.
By Editor on 5/30/2018
By Julie Shaw, Danijela Konforte, Gayle Waite, Michael Knauer and Paul Yip
Assays, especially those in clinical chemistry, are designed to measure analytes (i.e., the measurand) in the appropriate patient specimens. However, there is the potential for inaccurate analyte measurements when testing materials are different from patient specimens. Examples include quality control (QC) material, proficiency testing (PT) material, and other types of patient specimens such as body fluids.
This survey is the only one of its type in Ontario and in Canada, surveying all laboratories in the jurisdiction to gather information of laboratory and infection control practices related to the control of antimicrobial resistant organisms (AROs). As the only questionnaire that was consistently administered for years, it provided a reliable, annual update of information on ARO, and the ability to examine trends over time.
Ferritin is a key laboratory test used to measure iron status. Findings from a recent questionnaire on ferritin testing was presented by Anna Johnston at the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists Annual Scientific Meeting on Thursday, October 27.
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