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Did you see the Canadian TV documentary "Motherisk hair testing scandal" documentary, or have you had experience with medical laboratory results that misled doctors or lawyers to harm patients? The inherent root problem is twofold and widespread: people with zero proof of competency in best practice assume responsibility for laboratory ... Read More
October 23, 2017Zoe Brooks



Can You Detect Me Now?

Can You Detect Me Now? by George Sweeney Is risk acceptable? It is a simple Yes or No. EP 23-A lists these Potential Failure Modes: reagent deterioration during shipment calibration deterioration sample data entry error low-value sample clots from the sample sample carryover fault caused by maintenance use of expired reagents use of deteriorated reagents spectrophotometric drift operator changing measuring system ... Read More
August 17, 2017George Sweeney


The clock is ticking down to the start of the AACC 2017 Annual Meeting/ASCLS Annual Meeting! If you click on the image below, you will be taken to the page on our site where you have the opportunity to complete an anonymous survey, the results of which ... Read More
July 25, 2017Zoe Brooks


Mirror Images: Why We Need Them (and How to Get Them)  by Kim Przekop, MBA MLS(ASCP)CM, author, educator, quality champion Commutability– What is it? Should I be concerned about it?   In our scientific laboratory world, we strive to know which assays we can trust.  Any assay labeled gold standard or ... Read More
June 29, 2017Kim Przekop


Invitation to Quality Researchers: Do you study, or are you keenly interested in: Sigma metrics? Six sigma? QC charts and rules? Risk management processes? Variations in patient data? Quantifying the cost of laboratory errors? Balancing time and money for QC to risk-based ... Read More
June 21, 2017Zoe Brooks


Join our panelists to discover the OUTCOME of fixing the six common human errors  in statistical QC. Send data.  Take surveys.  Prove to yourself how following best practice as described in CLSI EP23-A, ISO and CLIA can guide you clearly through these six critical steps of statistical QC - to reduce ... Read More
January 13, 2017Zoe Brooks


Starring Rebecca, with thanks to all the good sports at Sheer Vanity in Espanola, Ontario. Risk - Combination of the probability of occurrence of harm and the severity of that harm (ISO/IEC Guide 51.) What did I do? I contemplated the risk of allowing someone I never met to cut my hair to her ... Read More
December 1, 2016Zoe Brooks


I am looking for book reviewers / collaborators to explore the opportunities of a NEW mathematical QC process and help me clarify the message. M.O.R.E. Quality is a new perspective and process for laboratory quality control that holds promise to reduce existing error rates by 50%. Every step is referenced to ... Read More
November 29, 2016Zoe Brooks