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

Rosa Ruiz1 / Ma Antònia Llopis2 / Carme Biosca3 / Gloria Trujillo4 / Ma Isabel Llovet5 / Ester Tarrés6 / Mercè Ibarz7 / Ma Jesus Alsina2 / Virtudes Alvarez2 / Glòria Busquets8 / Ma Vicenta Doménech9 / Carme Figueres10 / Joana Minchinela2 / Rosa Ma Pastor11 / Carmen Perich10 / Carmen Ricós12 / Mireia Sansalvador4 / Margarita Simón13

1Laboratori Clínic L'Hospitalet, ICS-Metropolitana Sud, Barcelona, Spain

2Laboratori Clínic Barcelonès Nord i Vallès Oriental, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain

3Servei de Bioquímica Clínica Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, ICS-Metropolitana Nord, Spain

4Laboratori Clínic Bages, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain

5Laboratori Clínic Hospital Verge de la Cinta, ICS-Terres de l'Ebre, Spain

6Laboratori Clínic Berguedà, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain

7Laboratori Clínic Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, ICS-Lleida, Spain

8Laboratori Clínic Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta, ICS-Girona, Spain

9Laboratori Clínic Manso, ICS-Barcelona, Spain

10Laboratori Clínic Bon Pastor, ICS-Barcelona, Spain

11Laboratori Clínic Hospital Joan XXIII, ICS-Tarragona, Spain

12Laboratoris Clínics Hospital Vall d'Hebron, ICS-Barcelona, Spain

13Consorci de Laboratori Intercomarcal, ICS-Catalunya Central, Spain

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

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. Volume 48, Issue 7, Pages 1015–1019, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2010.229, May 2010

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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

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