The IQMH office is closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have moved to a virtual office. More info: IQMH Response to COVID-19.
The IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing has published a document for participants in the Transfusion Medicine proficiency testing program. Review – Crossmatching, developed by members of the IQMH Transfusion Medicine Scientific Committee, summarizes the current scientific literature regarding crossmatching. The document will be reviewed and updated periodically for continued relevance.
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.
As a participant in an IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing (PT) program, you may be asked to submit documents to IQMH related to your participation in a PT survey or as part of a discordant findings’ investigation (DFI) including any follow-up information.
In preparation for the 2019 year, the Centre for Proficiency Testing would like to remind program participants that you are in control of your QView™ account. If you are a QView™ account holder, you can manage your displayed name, email address, password and email subscriptions in your profile settings.
At IQMH we value feedback from our participants as we know your comments will shine a light on opportunities for quality improvement.
After a review of the discordant findings investigation (DFI) process, the ease of completing and effectiveness of the DFI were identified as areas for improvement; therefore, the handling of the A0 action code was revised.
A goal of the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) is to provide our participants with the best possible service. In 2014, IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing reached out to participating laboratories to obtain feedback on how we could improve our communication with laboratories, and the feedback we received was of great value. The purpose of this 2017 survey is to determine if the improvements we implemented continue to add value to our participants and to seek feedback to continually improve our services.
IQMH Cytopathology (CYTO) and Bone Marrow (BONE) Proficiency Testing surveys are rotational slide-based surveys where slides are provided to each participant for a specified period. Slides are shipped to a group of participants, returned to IQMH and then shipped to the next group of participants.
The Centre for Proficiency Testing is
excited to offer over
100 surveys to Ontario-licensed facilities in 2018!
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