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The XXXII International Symposium on Technical Innovations in Laboratory Hematology (ISLH) was held in Vancouver, Canada on May 9–11 and IQMH was there! Representing our organization was our very own Anna Johnston, Consultant Technologist, Centre for Proficiency Testing. The abstract “Bone Marrow Sample Preparation and Processing: An IQMH Survey on Laboratory Practice” was accepted for a poster presentation. Seen in the photo is Anna Johnston.
Examination of the bone marrow, including aspirate smears, clot sections, imprint morphology and trephine biopsy are essential for correct diagnosis and management of hematological disorders.
IQMH offers a bone marrow proficiency testing survey where glass slides of bone marrow aspirate or biopsy, peripheral blood smears and relevant clinical data are provided. A questionnaire was developed by the IQMH Hematology Scientific Committee to gather information regarding practices for preparation and processing of bone marrows. The results from this questionnaire demonstrate wide variability and lack of standardization amongst laboratories in preparation and processing of bone marrow specimens. This may lead to inconsistencies in the interpretation of marrow findings and the classification of disease. These findings present an opportunity to review published guidelines to standardize current laboratory practice.
Participants at the symposium provided positive feedback on the IQMH poster. They agreed with the conclusion that the pre-analytical portion of bone marrow examination (including properly prepared and stained specimen) is an essential component needed to assist in providing a correct diagnosis that results in appropriate treatment and clinical outcome. Participants agreed with the need for standardization of current laboratory practice.
Download the poster.
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