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Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM)

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Volume 48, Issue 7

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

Rosa Ruiz / Ma Antònia Llopis / Carme Biosca / Gloria Trujillo / Ma Isabel Llovet / Ester Tarrés / Mercè Ibarz / Ma Jesus Alsina / Virtudes Alvarez / Glòria Busquets / Ma Vicenta Doménech / Carme Figueres
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratori Clínic Bon Pastor, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
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/ Joana Minchinela / Rosa Ma Pastor
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratori Clínic Hospital Joan XXIII, ICS-Tarragona, Spain
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/ Carmen Perich
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratori Clínic Bon Pastor, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
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/ Carmen Ricós
  • Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain
  • Laboratoris Clínics Hospital Vall d'Hebron, ICS-Barcelona, Spain
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/ Mireia Sansalvador / Margarita Simón
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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, Volume 48, Issue 7, Pages 1015–1019, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2010.229.

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