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  • Joint Commission Awarded ONC Health IT Contract

    The Joint Commission announced that it has received a sole source contract from the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to address one of the key recommendations made in the Institute of Medicine report, “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.” Full Story

     

  • The American Society for Clinical Pathology Identifies List of Commonly Used Tests and Treatments to Question

    The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always appropriate in pathology and laboratory medicine as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary. Download Document

     

  • New API Technology Advances Laboratory Accuracy

    Using their own laboratory information system (LIS) or middleware, laboratories may now transmit their proficiency testing results directly to the American Proficiency Institute (API), a process that revolutionizes external qualit control measures for clinical laboratories. Download Document

     

  • The Joint Commission Launches Lab Central Connect™ Portal

    The Joint Commission announced the launch of Lab Central Connect™ for accredited laboratories. The portal is designed to help Joint Commission-accredited laboratories centralize storage of important survey-related documents, as well as improve safety and quality by helping to maintain continuous compliance with Joint Commission standards. The portal could also be useful during an organization’s Intracycle Monitoring process, which occurs in between on-site accreditation surveys. Full Story

     

  • Michigan Scientists Working to Cure Malaria

    President of the American Proficiency Institute, Daniel C. Edson, met with former President William J. Clinton, now leader of the William J. Clinton Foundation at the ASCP Annual Meeting and WASPaLM XXVI World Congress. President Clinton has devoted significant time and resources into strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world, including expanding access to care and treatment of malaria. Download Document

     

  • Hematologic Markers of Influenza A H1N1 for Early Laboratory Diagnosis and Treatment Assessment

    Influenza A H1N1 has contributed to significant morbidity and mortality, yet very few studies on changes in hematologic and biochemical markers have been reported. Download Document

     

  • API Educational Brief Outlines Methods for Detecting Campylobacter

    Campylobacter is a leading cause of bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. To assist laboratory professionals, the American Proficiency Institute (API) has posted an educational commentary describing the methods used to detect Campylobacter species. Download Document

     

  • Avian Influenza (H5N1) Update: Role of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

    Clinicians and laboratory professionals need to be aware of the possibility of avian influenza A (H5N1) infection, and they must understand and recognize the indications for laboratory testing. Full Story

     

  • Sensitivity Assessment of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for the Detection of the 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus in Clinical Specimens

    Influenza antigen detection test kits can provide results in 30 minutes and are used frequently for the detection of seasonal influenza infections. Full Story

     

  • Rapid Identification of 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus Using Fluorescent Antibody Methods

    Identification of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus requires emergency use authorized (EUA) molecular reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. Full Story

     

  • The Novel H1N1 Outbreak: Lessons Learned - Lab Medicine

    Laboratory professionals need to understand the prevalence of influenza in the community, clinical manifestations, and test characteristics for the proper used of rapid diagnostic tests. Full Story

     

  • Laboratory Technology - Advances in Proficiency Testing

    Proficiency testing (PT) verifies a laboratory’s analytical performance against other laboratories performing the same analysis. Full Story

     

  • The Ongoing Quality Improvement Journey: Next Stop, High Reliability

    Quality improvement in health care has a long history that includes such epic figures as Ignaz Semmelweis, the nineteenth-century obstetrician who introduced hand washing to medical care, and Florence Nightingale, the English nurse who determined that poor living conditions were a leading cause of the deaths of soldiers at army hospitals. Full Story

     

  • Michigan Clinical Laboratory Society Recognizes Traverse City Businessman

    The Michigan Society for Clinical Laboratory Science bestowed on Daniel C. Edson its 2011 Board of Directors Award in appreciation for “his devotion and invaluable services” to Michigan medical laboratory scientists. Mr. Edson is President of the American Proficiency Institute, based in Traverse City, Michigan. Download Document

     

  • Survey Finds Certified Medical Laboratory Professionals Earn More than Non-Certified Personnel

    Laboratory medical scientists can raise their income by 14 percent if they become certified, according to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) 2010 Wage Survey. Non-certified staff level histotechnicians (HT), for example, reported that they make on average $19.60 per hour, but the average wage for certified HT is $22.98, a 14.7 percent differential. Download Document

     

  • ASCP Vacancy Survey Reveals Pay, Education and Retirement as Laboratory Staffing Challenges

    According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2011 Vacancy Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories, blood banking and transfusion medicine laboratories are experiencing the highest overall vacancy rate at more than 11 percent. Histology departments also struggle with staffing, with a reported vacancy rate of almost 10 percent. Download Document

     

  • Identification of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a Proficiency Testing Program: An Update of Laboratory Performance

    By analyzing and comparing results from a 2008 proficiency test (PT) event to results from a 2003 PT event, we assessed whether laboratories’ abilities to detect Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 had improved in the intervening 5 years. Download Document

     

  • Pathogen Detection In Food Microbiology Laboratories: An Analysis Of Qualitative Proficiency Test Data, 1999-2007

    The objective of this study was to assess laboratories’ ability to detect or rule out the presence of four common food pathogens: Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter spp. To do this, qualitative proficiency test data provided by one proficiency test provider from 1999 to 2007 were examined. The annual and cumulative 9-year percentages of false-negative and false-positive responses were calculated. Download Document

     

  • Detection and Identification of Malaria Parasites: A Review of Proficiency Test Results and Laboratory Practices

    This study assesses proficiency test (PT) performance in detecting and identifying malaria parasites and examines malaria screening practices in laboratories in the United States. Download Document

     

  • Proficiency Testing: A Guide to Maintaining Successful Performance

    To participate successfully in proficiency testing, laboratories should follow basic good laboratory practices, pay attention to proficiency testing details, and investigate unsatisfactory results thoroughly and methodically. Good laboratory practices include maintaining staff proficiency, using appropriate quality control rules, accurately validating the instrument’s performance range, and following consensus guidelines. Download Document