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Call for IQMH Proficiency Testing Scientific Committee Applications 2022–2024

By Editor on 6/8/2021
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Journal of Prenatal Diagnosis publishes “Practice patterns of prenatal and perinatal testing in Canadian cytogenetics laboratories”

By Editor on 5/4/2021

IQMH Proficiency Testing is proud to share this article prepared and authored by Tamara Ashfield, Elizabeth McCready, Mary Shago, Hong Wang, Elizabeth Sinclair‐Bourque, Eva Cappa, Amanda Piche Marolt, Kathy Chun

Practice patterns of prenatal and perinatal testing in Canadian cytogenetics laboratories

Prenatal Diagnosis JournalABSTRACT

Objective

To survey patterns of practice in Canadian cytogenetics laboratories and evaluate whether newer technologies have influenced testing algorithms for the detection of common aneuploidies and other genomic imbalances in the prenatal and perinatal settings.

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Practical Laboratory Medicine Journal publishes “Survey of renin and aldosterone testing practices by Ontario laboratories – Providing insight into best practices”

By Editor on 5/4/2021

IQMH Proficiency Testing is thrilled to share this article prepared and authored by: Angela C. Rutledge (lead author), Anna Johnston, Dana Bailey, Ronald A. Booth Pamela Edmond, Victor Leung, Kika Veljkovic

Survey of renin and aldosterone testing practices by Ontario laboratories – Providing insight into best practices

Practical Laboratory Medicine JournalABSTRACT

Objectives

Testing for renin and aldosterone in clinical laboratories is complicated by pre-analytical considerations such as the posture for blood collection and susceptibility to cryoactivation of renin. From an analytical perspective, there are both renin activity and renin mass or concentration assays available. There can also be variability in result reporting practices and the aldosterone-renin ratio (ARR) cut-off applied to screen for primary aldosteronism (PA). The Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) Centre for Proficiency Testing surveyed laboratories on their handling of renin and aldosterone testing to better understand current practices.

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IJLH publishes “Laboratory practices for manual blood film review: Results of an IQMH patterns of practice survey”

By Editor on 3/22/2021

Authors: Elaine Leung, Anna Johnston, Brian Olsen, Hong Chang, Tracy Martin, Miranda Wozniak, David Good

International Journal of Laboratory HematologyABSTRACT

Introduction

Examination of a blood film is the second most common hematology test, after the complete blood count. Interpretation of a peripheral blood film by trained laboratory professionals provides valuable diagnostic information. The Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) Hematology Scientific Committee developed a questionnaire to gather information regarding current practices for manual blood film review and reporting from laboratories participating in IQMH Morphology proficiency testing (PT) surveys.

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Accreditation Canada and IQMH announce the retirement of President, Jeff Sumner

By Editor on 3/11/2021

Jeff SumnerPlease join us in extending our best wishes to IQMH President, Jeff Sumner, who is retiring on March 31, 2021. Jeff has been leading IQMH since 2017 and has dedicated his career to improving the quality of medical laboratories across the country for many years.

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Improving ways we deliver communications to our clients

By Editor on 1/27/2021
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Centre for Proficiency Testing – Poster Publications Update

By Editor on 1/25/2021
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President’s End of Year Message

By Editor on 12/18/2020

Jeffrey S. Sumner, IQMH President As much as we might want to, 2020 has been a year that none of us are likely to forget. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global social and economic disruption, cancellations and postponements of events, travel restrictions, and lockdowns across the world. Today, the pressure on our Canadian healthcare systems has never been greater with daily case numbers continuing to rise, increasing hospital admissions, and ICU bed occupancy reaching critical capacity levels.

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Excellence Canada’s Healthy Workplace Great Employer Award

By Editor on 12/17/2020
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Happy Holidays

By Editor on 12/11/2020
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Reminder to order your 2021 proficiency testing surveys

By Editor on 10/20/2020

The IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing released its Proficiency Testing Programs in the 2021 Catalogue in August.

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Important Update Concerning IQMH Accreditation Activities

By Editor on 10/7/2020

IQMH is resuming accreditation assessment activities as of October 26 using a revised approach. To the extent possible, we will be conducting assessments remotely in order to reduce the number of assessors on-site to as few as possible for the shortest time needed. You will be contacted by the Staff Technologist assigned to your assessment with specific details. Thank you for your continued cooperation at this difficult time. 

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IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing internal audit during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Editor on 9/23/2020

ChecklistLike many organizations, IQMH quickly pivoted to remote work with the COVID-19 pandemic. This was relatively easy as we were already connected remotely, accessing our network, portal and our quality management system (QMS) over the Internet.

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Call for IQMH Committee Applications 2021‑2023

By Editor on 8/18/2020

IQMH is seeking volunteers to sit on its Proficiency Testing Scientific Committee(s) and Accreditation Advisory Panel, effective January 1, 2021.   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.

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Cyber security: Protecting your QView™ account — it’s time to change your password

By Editor on 7/23/2020

IQMH is implementing stricter QView™ password rules in our commitment to protecting your privacy and confidential information. On Thursday, July 30,, 2020, when you log in to QView™, you will be asked to change your password.

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