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The release of the 2020 Proficiency Testing Programs included changes to the Chemistry survey. The new Serum Chemistry (CHEM) survey consists of analytes that were previously in the Routine Chemistry (CHEM), Drug Monitoring (DRUG), Enzymes and Bilirubin (ENZY), and Lipids (LIPS) surveys, except ethanol and tobramycin which have been removed from the program. The following new analytes have also been added: cholinesterase, CK-MB, fructosamine.
Participants can now customize their surveys according to their laboratory’s test menus (serum chemistry only). Choose from a large variety of analytes and pick from several price categories that suit your laboratory’s needs.
The American Association of Clinical Chemists’ Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine held a symposium September 26–28 in Washington, D.C.: 27th International CPOCT Symposium: The Role of Point-of- Care Testing in the Value-Based Healthcare Landscape. The event was very informative with a focus on the current and future role of point-of-care testing (POCT) in a healthcare environment with an emphasis on value and quality of care.
By Julie Shaw, Danijela Konforte, Gayle Waite, 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 that 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.
By: Lianna Kyriakopoulou, Tracy Wade and Paul Yip, on behalf of the IQMH Chemistry Scientific Committee
Bias is a significant challenge for clinical laboratories that perform numerous quantitative analyses on several analytes that have direct impact on clinical decision making.
The Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists (OSCC) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) are collaborating once again to develop at two-day event focused on Evidenced-based Laboratory Medicine — Harmonization and Beyond.
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Thursday October 27 – 1-4 PM
18th Floor Auditorium
Mount Sinai Hospital 600 University Avenue
Representing IQMH at the 68th American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo was Dr. Paul Yip, vice-chair of the IQMH Chemistry & Enzymes Scientific committee. Using IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing survey data, he presented a poster that illustrated findings from a study that showed the ongoing need for standardized creatinine measurements. The poster was very well-received and IQMH is thrilled to be part of this event that showcases breakthrough innovations in clinical testing and patient care, attracting members of the healthcare industry from all over the globe.
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