What is the future of internal and external quality assessment?

    Keynote Speaker: Tony Badrick BAppSc, BSc, BA, MLitSt (Math), MBA, PhD(QUT), PhD(UQ), FAIMS, FAACB, FACB, FAIM, Member Aust Maths Soc, FRCPA (Hon), FFSc(RCPA). He was Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University for 4 years before becoming the CEO of the RCPAQAP in 2015. He is an Adjunct Professor … Continued

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HbA1c standardization - Labquality Days 2018

Why is HbA1c standardisation needed?

  Abstract: HbA1c standardisation and clinical outcomes Definitive studies in the 1990s such as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) in type 1 diabetes and the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) in type 2 diabetes have proven a relationship between HbA1c and diabetes complications. At the time of these studies, there was little … Continued

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Reference methods in clinical chemistry

Reference methods in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine

  Abstract: Reference measurement procedures – Emphasis on performance specifications and operating laboratories In the discipline of laboratory medicine there is consensus that routine measurement procedures/assays claiming the same measurand should give equivalent results within clinically meaningful limits, and that trueness is the ideal basis for achieving equivalence. This measurement paradigm was already propagated by … Continued

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Total Laboratory Examination Process

Standardization and harmonization of the total laboratory examination process

  Abstract: Standardization and Harmonization in Laboratory Medicine: A Matter of Patient Safety Standardization and harmonization initiatives in laboratory medicine should include all aspects of the total examination process, from the “pre-pre-analytical” phase through analysis to the “post-post-analytical” phase. Rapidly available and precise results can indeed be of very limited value if they cannot be … Continued

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Analytical quality specifications - Labquality Days 2018

How to set analytical performance specifications in laboratory medicine?

  Abstract: Performance Specifications with Special Emphasis on Biological Variation Data How to set analytical performance specifications was discussed on the 1th Straategic conference of EFLM in Milan 2014. Four models were recommended: Model 1: Based on the effect of analytical performance on clinical outcomes. Model 2. Based on components of biological variation of the … Continued

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New glucose strategy - Labquality Days 2018

Alternative Glucose Monitoring Strategy

Abstract – Labquality Days 2018   The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System – enriched opportunities in diabetes management The prevalence of diabetes is achieving epidemic proportions and a multifactorial approach is required to reduce the risk of complications and consequent morbidity and mortality. Glycemic control remains key to reducing microvascular complications and long-term macrovascular … Continued

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Challenge of Improved Outcomes in Diabetes Care

  Abstract – www.labqualitydays.com Role of Laboratories  Timo Kouri, MD PhD, Senior Physician (HUS) Role of clinical laboratories is focused on accuracy and traceability of multiple measurements used to treat diabetes patients. This activity is officially described in ISO 15189:2013 standard (Medical laboratories. Requirements for quality and competence), and a parallel ISO 22870:2016 standard (Point-of-care … Continued

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Pharmacogenetics: do you have your DNA passport?

Abstract Adverse drug reactions are a major problem in todays medicine: it is responsible for 5-7% of hospitalizations. A substantial part of this is due to interindividual variation in drug metabolism: the same drug dose will result in different blood concentrations and thus different outcomes in patients. Predicting the capacity of patients to metabolize drugs, … Continued

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