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Elevating the profile of IQMH volunteers

By Editor on 9/28/2021

Dr. Elaine LeungIQMH brings together experts in the field of laboratory medicine to elevate confidence in the healthcare system.

The IQMH Proficiency Testing Scientific Committees are composed of physicians, technologists and scientists who provide advice to IQMH regarding the fundamental design of Proficiency Testing surveys and ensure that clinically-relevant selection of challenges and appropriate performance evaluation are developed and implemented each year.

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Accreditation Canada Diagnostics Education upcoming course

By Editor on 9/28/2021

Protection from Risk - Practical SolutionsRegister now for the upcoming virtual course Protection from Risk running November 15–29, 2021.

This is a six-hour seminar delivered virtually in three segments to learn with peers exactly how to integrate an effective risk management program into an existing or brand-new quality management system.

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World Patient Safety Day

By Editor on 9/17/2021
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Server shutdown - QView™ and IQMH websites will not be available

By Editor on 9/13/2021

Server shurdownDue to planned maintenance, QView.ca and IQMH.org  websites will not be available from 6:00 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, September 18, 2021 until 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

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IQMH is pleased to announce the 2022 Proficiency Testing Programs

By Editor on 8/9/2021
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Call for IQMH Proficiency Testing Scientific Committee Applications 2022–2024

By Editor on 7/26/2021
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Elevating the profile of IQMH volunteers

By Editor on 7/6/2021

Dr. Ronald BoothIQMH brings together experts in the field of laboratory medicine to elevate confidence in the healthcare system.

The IQMH Proficiency Testing Scientific Committees are composed of physicians, technologists and scientists who provide advice to IQMH regarding the fundamental design of Proficiency Testing surveys and ensure that clinically-relevant selection of challenges and appropriate performance evaluation are developed and implemented each year.

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IQMH and World Accreditation Day 2021

By Editor on 7/6/2021

World Accreditation Day 2021Marked annually on June 9, World Accreditation Day is a global initiative established by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to raise awareness of the value of accreditation.

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Mitigating Cyber Security Threats

By Editor on 7/6/2021

CybersecurityThe increase in cybercrime in not uncommon in the current climate; particularly the hijacking of a corporation or an organization’s network being held ransom for a payout via ransomware. What may seem surprising is that the focus of cyber criminals is not always large corporations. In fact, there is a growing trend in health care organizations and systems being targeted. One recent example is the attack on the Health Service Executive of Ireland in May 2021, which affected both national and local systems that are involved in all core services.

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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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COVID-19 Variants of Concern

By Editor on 4/12/2021

Covid-19 imageSevere acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) possesses a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome. Mutations of this genome may occur over time, and while these changes are not unexpected, specific mutations may alter important characteristics of the virus. When viral genomic changes are associated with potential altered transmission, virulence, or vaccine efficacy, they may be identified as a particular SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern (VOC). Currently, there are three commonly discussed VOCs.

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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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Join the IQMH Proficiency Testing Team

By Editor on 3/17/2021
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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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