Posted by Sten Westgard, MS
By Dr. Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, Ph.D.
Westgard QC is proud to announce the publication of The 2015 Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations
In the last few years, compliance has gotten more complicated than ever. But getting the right advice is still simple.
In 9 concise chapters, Dr. Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., describes a common-sense path to compliance:
- An overview of regulations from CLIA, CAP, TJC, and COLA
- Proficiency Testing
- Procedure Manuals
- Method Verification, Calibration and Calibration Verification
- Quality Control for the small laboratory - and how EQC is phasing out while IQCP is phasing in
- Quality Assurance
- Personnel Competency Requirements
- Inspection Tips, Tools for Self-preparedness
- Point-of-Care testing requirements and the future
What's New in the 2015 Edition
The last few years (2012 through 2014) have been tumultuous ones for laboratories. Healthcare reform has brought crushing financial pressures to bear on many labs. Major regulatory changes are also in the works for Point of Care devices - where EQC will soon be replaced by IQCP. This 2015 edition of the PLG explains the theory of IQCP, the specific components of a QCP, and provides simplified guidance on how to develop an IQCP for each of your tests. Also covered is the contentious topic of glucose meters being used "off label" on the "critically ill." Finally, the updated requirements of the Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists, and COLA are explained.
What You Can Rely on in The Poor Lab's Guide
For decades, Dr. Ehrmeyer has been guiding laboratories in their compliance efforts. She speaks frequently on CLIA, CAP, The Joint Commission, and COLA. Her down-to-earth advice has made her a favorite at conferences around the world. Now all of her recommendations (and more) are available in this reference manual.
Continuing in this tradition, the Poor Lab's Guide is an essential collection of pragmatic wisdom for the American laboratory.
Try the Guide
Find out more and Download the Foreword, Preface, TOC, Index and sample excerpts at