Prevention of Medical Errors for Clinical Laboratory Personnel 2019
Kimberly C. Stanley, EdD, MT(ASCP)
Anderson Continuing Education
Loose-Leaf Spiral Binding
Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Prevention of Medical Errors 2019 has been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel. It satisfies the requirement for Florida licensees to earn two contact hours in prevention of medical errors.
This course is based on the chapter "Quality Indicators for the Total Testing Process.” It was published in Clinics in Laboratory Medicine: Risk, Error and Uncertainty: Laboratory Quality Management in the Age of Metrology, edited by Westgard, et al., published by Elsevier in March 2017. This chapter describes aspects of the ISO 15189 program, which is being implemented worldwide to significantly reduce medical errors in the laboratory.
This course addresses information current to laboratory testing practices and procedures, various analytical phases of testing, and the use of quality indicators to ensure precision and accuracy.
This note explains why course author Dr. Stanley selected this material:
"While the College of American Pathologists does not specifically endorse the use of the ISO 15189 standard for quality management of medical laboratories (Schneider, Maurer, and Friedberg, 2017), the organization has published material comparing the current US accreditation program to the international standards. In the course author’s professional opinion, multiple components of the ISO 15189 standard could be utilized to further decrease medical errors within the laboratory. The standards are written to allow every laboratory professional, from bench level to administrative, the ability to be proactive and take a slightly different approach to preventing medical errors in multiple stages of the total testing process.
Currently, the ISO 15189 standard does not meet CLIA requirements and is unable to replace CLIA-based accreditation. However, this material does currently meet many of the technical requirements established by CLIA. Due to this factor, an increasing number of laboratories in the United States are now implementing the international standards as part of their individual quality management programs."
Reference: Schneider, Maurer, and Friedberg (2017). International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15189. Annals of Laboratory Medicine, 37(5). 365-370. DOI: 10.3343/alm.2017.37.5.365