Which QC is the Right QC - 8 Pages

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QUALITY CONTROL Improving Laboratory Performance Through Quality Control Five simple steps for QC success Ask the Right Questions to get the Right Answers Complete QC solutions for results you can trust

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Which QC is the Right QC? Anyone working in a laboratory will understand the importance of quality control (QC). QC is the process used to detect errors in order to ensure the reliability and accuracy of patient test results. Without QC, laboratory errors could go unnoticed potentially resulting in misdiagnosis and inappropriate or delayed treatment, all of which could be life-threatening for the patient. When running internal QC, laboratories need to be assured of the accuracy of the results produced and, to ensure this, they need to have confidence in the QC materials they are using. ISO15189:2012...

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This document explores the different types of quality control products available and draws conclusions about what best meets QC material is tested by laboratory staff in the same way a patient sample is. The results are then used to validate whether the test system is operating within the pre-defined specifications. If QC results fall outside the pre-defined limits this infers that there may be a problem with the test system or equipment, that could lead to the release of inaccurate patient results. QC products are patient-like materials usually made from human serum, urine, or in some cases,...

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There are three types of control material available: Dependent Control Semi-Dependent Control Independent or Third Party Control Dependent Control Dependent controls refer to any control material that has been produced by the instrument or reagent manufacturer for use on a specific test system. Such controls are often manufactured from the same raw materials as the calibrator making them less sensitive to subtle changes in performance. As dependent controls are generally optimised for use with manufacturer’s test system, these controls can mask weaknesses, and therefore, are increasingly considered...

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Independent or Third Party Control Independent or third party quality control material has not been designed or optimised for use with any instrument, kit or method. This complete independence enables the quality control material to closely mirror the performance of patient samples, and in doing so, provide an unbiased, independent assessment of analytical performance across multiple platforms. This is a fact that is recognised by regulatory bodies and standards around the world, and is corroborated in ISO15189. The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) sums it up in the following...

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Case Studies The following real-life laboratory case studies highlight the importance of third party controls and how they can be used to help identify instrument, reagent and procedural errors. If errors remain undetected they could result in incorrect patient results, misdiagnosis, unnecessary treatment, increased costs and may even be potentially life threatening for the patient. For more information on the benefits of third party controls visit randoxqc.com. Identifying Lot-to-Lot Variations with Third Party Controls A laboratory in the UK contacted Randox Technical Services, reporting higher...

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Acusera Third Party Controls The Acusera range of true third party controls is extensive, covering over 390 routine and esoteric parameters. All controls are designed to deliver unbiased performance assessment with any instrument or method. Accurate Target Values Randox controls have the most accurately With Randox multi-analyte QC, you can assigned target values and ranges on the dramatically reduce the number of controls market. This is made possible through access used in your laboratory and save money by to a unique database of over 31,000 laboratory replacing multiple instrument specific...

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QUALITY CONTROL Randox Laboratories Ltd, 55 Diamond Road, Crumlin, County Antrim, BT29 4QY, United Kingdom +44 (0) 28 9442 2413 True third party controls offering complete test menu consolidation Uniquely combining more than 100 parameters conveniently in a single control, laboratories can significantly reduce costs and consolidate without compromising on quality. As true third party controls, unbiased performance assessment with any instrument or method is guaranteed. Online QC software with real-time peer group statistics Compatible for use with the Acusera range of third party controls, the...

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