Why did this QC change?
One of our members was generous enough to share a QC mystery with us. They saw significant differences in performance occur across three of their instruments at once. See if you can pick up on the clues as to what happened. It's not an uncommon issue - but it may be one that many laboratories don't recognize.
The controls are out? Are the methods out, too?
Is this glucose meter good enough for today? What about tomorrow?
As many labs already know, the FDA and CMS are changing the landscape for glucose meters. We have "off-label" and infection issues. Earlier this year, the FDA introduced new, more demanding guidelines for clearance (but these are draft guidelines for manufacturers, not laboratories.) Trying to bear this in mind, we take a look at the performance of a blood glucose monitoring device with the goals of today and the possible goals of tomorrow.
Is this self-monitoring blood glucose monitor good for now? What about later?
Glucose Goals: Can any method hit the mark?
Continuing with our series examining quality requirements and goals and the performance of methods, we turn to glucose methods. We examine the different goals offered and evaluate what current methods are capable of achieving. We even compare some of the point-of-care methods vs. the core laboratory methods
Are lab methods providing "lab quality" results? What about POC methods?
March Madness - a NMLP Pre-Party
We're resurrecting the Bobble Raffle we held last year, but this time as a pre-celebration of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is going to be held April 20-26 of this year. In honor of that week, we'll be raffling off 7 "Westgard Rules" Bobble-heads. Anyone who joins the website, places an order, or sends in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in the next two weeks will be entered. [void where prohibited]
You have until April 9th to enter, then we'll ship them out in time for your NMLP celebrations.