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Volume 48, Issue 7 (Jul 2010)

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Indicators and quality specifications for strategic and support processes related to the clinical laboratory: four years' experience

Rosa Ruiz
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
/ Ma Antònia Llopis
  • Laboratori Clínic Barcelonès Nord i Vallès Oriental, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain
/ Carme Biosca
  • Servei de Bioquímica Clínica Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain
/ Gloria Trujillo
  • Laboratori Clínic Bages, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain
/ Ma Isabel Llovet
  • Laboratori Clínic Hospital Verge de la Cinta, ICS-Terres de l'Ebre, Spain
/ Ester Tarrés
  • Laboratori Clínic Berguedà, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain
/ Mercè Ibarz
  • Laboratori Clínic Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, ICS-Lleida, Spain
/ Ma Jesus Alsina
  • Laboratori Clínic Barcelonès Nord i Vallès Oriental, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain
/ Virtudes Alvarez
  • Laboratori Clínic Barcelonès Nord i Vallès Oriental, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain
/ Glòria Busquets
  • Laboratori Clínic Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta, ICS-Girona, Spain
/ Ma Vicenta Doménech
  • Laboratori Clínic Manso, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
/ Carme Figueres
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratori Clínic Bon Pastor, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
/ Joana Minchinela
  • Laboratori Clínic Barcelonès Nord i Vallès Oriental, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain
/ Rosa Ma Pastor
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratori Clínic Hospital Joan XXIII, ICS-Tarragona, Spain
/ Carmen Perich
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratori Clínic Bon Pastor, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
/ Carmen Ricós
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratoris Clínics Hospital Vall d'Hebron, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
/ Mireia Sansalvador
  • Laboratori Clínic Bages, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain
/ Margarita Simón
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Consorci de Laboratori Intercomarcal, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain
Published Online: 2010-05-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2010.229

Abstract

Background: Quality specifications for indicators of the key analytic processes have been defined by international consensus. However, only preliminary specifications for laboratory-related strategic and support processes have been developed. The present study attempts to increase the robustness of the preliminary proposed specifications.

Methods: Recovering records and incidences occurred over a 4-year follow-up period, for 12 indicators, used in all laboratories from this group regarding strategic and support processes.

Results and conclusions: The results obtained indicate that it is better to establish an interval rather than a fixed value for the majority of indicators. Longer studies are needed to properly assess some quality specifications, and data recording system must be standardized in others. Additional, multicenter studies are needed to establish more robust specifications and determine the state of the art of laboratories in other settings.

Clin Chem Lab Med 2010;48:1015–9.

Keywords: laboratory processes; quality indicators; quality specifications; quality system

About the article

Corresponding author: Dr. Rosa Ruiz, Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, C/Lleida, s/n 08901 – Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain


Received: 2009-11-11

Accepted: 2010-03-04

Published Online: 2010-05-23

Published in Print: 2010-07-01


Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2010.229.

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