Journal Article

Evaluating Laboratory Performance With Quality Indicators

Ranjna Chawla, Binita Goswami, Bhawna Singh, Aparna Chawla, Vinod Kumar Gupta and Venkatesan Mallika

in Laboratory Medicine

Published on behalf of American Society for Clinical Pathology

Volume 41, issue 5, pages 297-300
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 0007-5027
Published online October 2015 | e-ISSN: 1943-7730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1309/LMS2CBXBA6Y0OWMG
Evaluating Laboratory Performance With Quality Indicators

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Objective:

Quality indicators in the clinical laboratory provide a useful tool for continuous improvement of laboratory services. The goal of this study was to design and review quality indicators from time to time in an effort to improve the performance of the laboratory.

Methods:

The study included an evaluation of different quality indicators collected from the biochemistry laboratory of a tertiary care hospital in New Delhi over a period of 1 year. A total of 84250 samples were processed, and the quality indicators monitored were classified into the following 3 categories: preanalytical, analytical, and post-analytical.

Results:

Hemolysis (0.7%) was the most common anomaly observed during the assessment of pre-analytical indicators followed by improper samples for coagulation profile (0.34%). In the analytical phase, the frequency for fibrin clots was 1.2%.

Conclusion:

Working constantly to improve the outcome of these indicators by taking corrective measures over a period of time will definitely help to improve the quality of laboratory services and patient health care.

Keywords: quality indicators; critical values; fibrin clot; turnaround time; health care

Journal Article.  3261 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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