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Building a Quality Management System in Your Microbiology Laboratory

Building a Quality Management System in Your Microbiology Laboratory

Release Date: Apr 2018

CC: MK, ICS, PR, SBP

 

Roberta B. Carey, PhD, D(ABMM), CMQ/OE (ASQ)

Former Director of Laboratory Quality Management Program, CDC, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

Description:

 

Laboratories can no longer depend on quality control and quality assurance to protect themselves from the storm of complex problems that may occur. They need the bigger “umbrella” of a quality management system (QMS). A laboratory working under a QMS can measure its contributions to improved patient outcomes as the new reimbursement paradigm demands.

This webcast will describe the basic building blocks (the 12 quality system essentials) for a successful QMS and how they can be practically applied in a diagnostic microbiology laboratory. Participants will learn to use the 12 essentials to expose vulnerabilities in their current operations and to reduce risks and major problems when introducing a new instrument or test.

Participants will understand the roles and responsibilities of leadership, laboratory management, and staff in a QMS and the importance of creating a “just culture” that allows all personnel to acknowledge problems without fear of punishment. Participants will learn how collecting and analyzing these nonconforming events provides them with a roadmap for designing meaningful quality indicators and opportunities for continual quality improvement. 

 

 

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

 

  • Explain how a quality management system differs from quality control and quality assurance.
  • Apply 12 quality system essentials to assess and improve your laboratory.
  • Develop customized quality indicators and improvement projects that add value to your institution.

  

Who should attend?  Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Doctoral Scientists, Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists and Technicians

  • List Price: $45.00
  • Member Price: $35.00
 
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