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Guidelines for blood smear preparation and staining procedure for setting up an external quality assessment scheme for blood smear interpretation. Part I: control material

Juan-Lluis Vives Corrons1 / Stephanie Albarède2 / George Flandrin3 / Silke Heller4 / Katalin Horvath5 / Berend Houwen6 / Gunnar Nordin7 / Erika Sarkani8 / Milan Skitek9 / Marjan Van Blerk10 / Jean-Claude Libeer11

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Corresponding author: Jean-Claude Libeer, Clinical Biology Department, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Phone: +32 2 642 55 27, Fax: +32 2 642 56 45, E-mail:

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. Volume 42, Issue 8, Pages 922–926, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2004.149, June 2005

Publication History

Received:
October 28, 2003
Accepted:
April 19, 2004
Published Online:
2005-06-01

Abstract

Blood smear analysis is a well known technique in medical laboratories. Clinical relevance of this analysis and its interpretation are very important. Consequently, monitoring of laboratory performance by an external quality assessment scheme is strongly recommended. Most starting external quality organizers set up a scheme for clinical chemistry. Due to a lack of guidance documents, many organizers are reluctant to offer a hematology scheme. This article aims to be a very practical guidance document for external quality assessment organizers for the set up of blood smear schemes.

Keywords: blood smears; control samples; external quality assessment; guidelines

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