Denmark: Danske bioanalytikere, web site and Facebook
Finland: Suomen Bioanalyytikkoliitto ry, web site and Facebook
Iceland: Meinataeknafelag Islands, web site
Norway: Nito, The Norwegian Society of Engineers, web site and Facebook
Sweden: Institutet för Biomedicinsk Laboratorievetenskap, web site and Facebook
Michael Noble is asking interesting question in his blog.
What if the success in EQA schemes correlates with the training and knowledge and background and competency of management,
and not only the number of staff, and the progressively poorer access to continuing education, expert assistance and to newly trained technologists as suspected in previous surveys.
Read more from Michael Noble´s blog:
Making Medical Lab Quality Relevant: PT reflects Management Competency (?)
The Clinical Laboratory and Standards Institute (CLSI) introduces StatisPro method evaluation software, a new, feature-rich, easy-to-use tool for establishing or verifying performance characteristics of a laboratory test method.
Laboratories can use this tool to support compliance with regulatory and accreditation agency requirements, and test manufacturers can use StatisPro when installing new equipment at a customer site, or when troubleshooting a problem with a customer.
The Atlas of haematology has the goal of supplying haematologists, biomedical laboratory scientists, medical school students, biologists as well as professionals working in the field of morphology of blood cells.
The majority of the smears come from blood and bone marrow samples, however note that also are shown here cavitary fluid materials, scraped, etc.
View the morphology images from:
ATLAS OF HEMATOLOGY
The research team, led by Silvia de Sanjose, MD, from Institut Català d'Oncologia-Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain, concludes that "HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 34, 45, 52, and 58 should be given priority when the cross-protective effects of current vaccines are assessed and for formulation of recommendations for the use of second-generation polyvalent HPV vaccines."
Read full article from Medscape Medical News:
8 HPV Types Cause 90% of Cervical Cancers
Lean production philosophy seeks to eliminate non-value adding steps, or waste. Value-added is what the customer is willing to pay for.
A simpler, more consistent reporting format of blood cell morphology not only saves a provider time, it implies a more efficient laboratory process.
Read the suggestions for non value-added versus value-added characteristics of red cell morphology from:
Value-added Morphology on ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the real-time PCR COBAS® TaqMan® HCV Test, v2.0.
New test is intended to quantify the amount of hepatitis C viral RNA in human plasma or serum of HCV infected individuals.
"This HCV quantitative test is key to measuring the effectiveness of many antivirals that are currently in clinical development for the treatment of hepatitis C,"
Roche Receives FDA Approval for a Second-Generation Hepatitis C Viral Load Test -- PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ --
CBC News - Health - Transfusions an issue in cancer trials
Haematology parameters comparison of Sarstedt Monovettes and BD Vacutainers
A study shows that accurate full blood count results can be obtained on samples up to 48 h, provided that the samples are stored in a refrigerator. The tube type was found to have minimal impact on the stability of haematological samples.
Read more from the British Journal of Biomedical Science
BJBS Article :: Stability of haematology parameters on the LH750: comparison of Sarstedt Monovettes and BD Vacutainers
Chemistry - Our Life, Our future
The IYC 2011 is an initiative of IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It involves chemical societies, academies, and institutions worldwide, and relies on individual initiatives to organize local and regional activities.
Read more and join the IYC network. IYC 2011.
Join also the IYC 2011 in Facebook
3rd International Proficiency Testing Conference
Iasi, Romania 27th− 30th September, 2011
The main objective of this conference is to provide a forum for exchange of information and to promote discussions among PT/EQA providers, laboratories from all the range of the science, organisations that are interested in laboratory and PT/EQA.
- Proficiency testing schemes
- Use of reference materials
- Validation of testing methods
- Uncertainty of measurement
- Metrology and traceability –support in the laboratory activity
- Accreditation and Quality management
- Research, development and education in the testing laboratory
The First Announcement
External Quality Assessment Schemes - Why? What? Who?
Michael Noble is asking the basic questions about external quality assessment in his blog.
He says: "Even if you are not an accredited laboratory, if laboratory quality is important to you, then PT/EQA offers valuable quality monitoring and education".
Find out why from:
Making Medical Lab Quality Relevant: WWW-Proficiency Testing
European Committee for External Quality Assurance Programmes in Laboratory Medicine
The need for harmonizing laboratory results is particularly intense in the field of quantitative protein assays in consideration of the clinical impact of specific protein measurements and their relevance in monitoring disease. Giampaolo et al. report the efforts made by the Committee on Plasma Proteins of the IFCC Scientific Division to achieve worldwide comparability in plasma protein results. They focus on the production of reference materials and the methods applied throughout their production process.
Read full article
de Gruyter Reference Global - Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. Volume 0, Issue 0, Page -, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2010.314
Healthcare Republic has started a new series of haematology.
In the first, Dr Amit Patel discusses sickle cell anaemia.
There is a test in the end of the article. Test your knowledge.
Haematology - Sickle cell anaemia | Healthcare Republic
Risk management in assay evaluation is usually difficult for laboratory professionals. Most current performance requirements specify limits for only 95% of the results. This is unfortunate since it is the remaining 5% of results which can cause serious harm to the patients.
"The reason is that the number of expected results that will cause serious patient harm is extremely low – often less than 1 in a million. A method comparison experiment almost always uses a low number of samples (around 100 and often less)".
Error grids address this problem by specifying limits for 100% of the data.
Read full article
A study shows that CRP blood levels vary according to ethnicity, even after such factors as age and body mass index has been taken into account.
"The difference in average population CRP values in populations of different ancestry are sufficiently large as to have bearing on clinical management and statin eligibility based on single CRP cut-off point values".
Read full article
Labmedica - C-reactive Protein Varies According to Genetic Heritage
Blood transfusion guide contains a compendium of measures designed to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of blood components and is particularly intended for all those working in blood transfusion services
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare - Blood transfusion recommendations
Read full article CDC´s web site
Hepatitis E Virus Infection in Sheltered Homeless Persons, France, M. Kaba et al.
DOBRAVA-HANTAAN IgM EIA is an enzyme immunoassay for the detection of acute Dobrava and Hantaan virus infection from human serum.
There are three clinical forms of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) described in humans: severe, moderate and mild. The severe form caused by Hantaan virus (HTNV) and Dobrava-Belgrade virus (DOBV) is common in Asia and in Eastern Europe, the moderate form, Seoul virus (SEOV), occurs only in Asia. Mortality rate is approximated to be 5 – 15% for the severe form and 1% - 2% for the milder form. The mild form of Hantavirus infections in Europe is mostly caused by Puumala virus (PUUV).
Read more about Dobrava-Hantaan IgM EIA test from:
Reagena - Visible Difference
Both systems are well known and RALS is widely used in US.
Read more from:
Labmedica - Roche Strengthens Presence in Point-of-Care Information Management
WHO/Europe works with national health authorities and international stakeholders and partners for blood service reform, development of national donor programmes, quality management, clinical blood use, enhanced information sharing and dissemination of WHO guidelines and recommendations promoting the health system approach.
WHO also provides the global database on blood safety.
Read more from:
WHO/Europe | Blood safety
European Hematology Assosiation | EHA
The European Hematology Association was founded in June 1992. Today, EHA – with over 3000 active members from 95 countries – is a consolidated organization that pursues a large and growing number of projects and programs.
"The European Hematology Association (EHA) aims to promote excellence in clinical practice, research and education in European hematology."
Please visit EHA website and read more
E H A | European Hematology Association
New point-of care reference value demonstrated better diagnostic performance than manufacturer’s cut-off value.
Congestive heart failure patients were examined clinically, with trans-thoracic echocardiography; while plasma NT pro-BNP was measured by a point-of care-immunoassay system (Cardiac ReaderR). The diagnostic performance of this study-derived NT pro-BNP reference value were compared with others.
This study shows that NT pro-BNP reference value of 171 pg/mL is performing better than manufacturer’s recommended value of 125 pg/mL.
Read full article from The Internet Journal of Cardiology
Reliability and Accuracy of Point-of-Care Amino-Terminal ProBrain Natriuretic Peptide in Congestive Heart Failure Patients
In the pilot study, a set of biomarkers was identified which can distinguish prostate cancer from control samples with both sensitivity and specificity above 90%, far higher than existing diagnostic tests.
OGT has developed the unique Sense Proteomic™ “functional protein” array platform which uses over a thousand correctly folded proteins to detect autoantibodies in prostate cancer serum samples.
Read full article
OGT Presents Promising Prostate Cancer
Point-of-care coordinators have been the bridge between direct patient care and the laboratory. In the same way the POCT coordinators reach out into others' areas of practice, new and important partners are emerging.
Today laboratory finds itself in new territory and with new partners - information technology (IT)
Read full article
POCT Connectivity on ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals
24 - 27 January 2011
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre
MEDLAB is the main Medical Laboratory and Technology event in the Middle East. It is an integral part of the Arab Health exhibition, which is acknowledged as the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East with global reach.
MEDLAB - MEDLAB Home
Mylab Corporation is a Finnish high technology enterprise that offers information services for health care.
Mylab was established in 1987 and right from the beginning the company has focused on laboratory information systems.
Centre for Metrological Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (CIRME) is organizing an international meeting in Milano 30 November 2010.
The main focus of the meeting is traceability of quality control.
Topics of the meeting
- Traceability in Laboratory Medicine: Copernican revolution or activity for a restricted professional club?
- Define analytical objectives: a professional challenge
- Are commercial analytical systems fulfilling goals based on medical relevance? The profession's view
- Are commercial analytical systems fulfilling goals based on medical relevance? The industry's view
- Implementing traceability in EQAS
- Commutability of quality control materials: the way forward
- True value assignment to EQAS materials: a feasible task?
A study shows that high blood glucose levels after surgery may be an important risk factor for infection at the surgical site in patients having general surgery.
Read full article
Albany Medical College Research Published in Archives of Surgery
Eurachem 7th International Workshop of Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory medicine will be in Istanbul 3-6 October 2011.
Lectures and Working Group Topics
- Implementing the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043 by PT/EQA Providers
- Accrediting PT/EQA Providers to ISO/IEC 17043
- Establishing acceptability criteria in microbiology PT/EQA schemes
- Evaluating participant performance in qualitative PT/EQA schemes
- Establishing PT/EQA schemes in developing countries
- Pre and post analytical aspects in EQA
“Establishing traceability and uncertainty of assigned values and assisting participants to assess/estimate their measurement uncertainty using PT results”.
Eurachem Workshop 2011
21 analytes have tighter quality requirements applied, 8 have looser quality requirements applied, and 13 remains largely the same.
RCPA has published the updated list on Westgard website.
RCPA ALP Update, 2010