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Public Health Ontario (PHO), in partnership with the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH), has published its annual laboratory and hospital survey report on antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario.
With a focus on continual improvement, the IQMH Genetics Scientific Committee has reviewed and revised the survey instructions and submission requirements for supporting documentation for GENE proficiency testing (PT) surveys. These changes will be implemented for the GENE-1904-CG survey.
On the GENE analysis worksheet, the Reporting Instructions, Submission Instructions and Submission Requirements sections have been rewritten to clarify expectations for the survey.
The GENE-1903-PP patterns-of-practice survey will be available to Ontario laboratories licensed for cytogenetics testing as well as cytogenetics laboratories across Canada. Analysis worksheets will be posted in the Active Forms and Worksheets section of QView™ March 4, 2019. The due date for the survey is March 15, 2019, midnight.
Starting in January 2019, IQMH will be implementing the new WarmMark® Short run temperature monitoring strips for Proficiency Testing surveys that require temperature monitoring.
The latest QView™ Web update brings with it the ability to modify Proficiency Testing Method Codes right from the Analysis Worksheet! You may still use the dedicated Method Code Maintenance screen; however, the methods may be adjusted in a faster, easier and convenient way, right on the worksheet, without the need of another screen to distract you. And, as a bonus feature, the changes will be shown immediately on the form itself (pending Consultant Technologist review and approval).
December 31, 2018 is the deadline for renewing and ordering your proficiency testing surveys.
IQMH is pleased to announce that the Centre for Proficiency Testing has successfully completed the A2LA evaluation process and has been found to meet the ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity assessment — General requirements for proficiency testing
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.
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