1. Laboratory Safety.
Ensuring a safe working environment by implementing safety protocols, hazard communication, and safety training for staff.
2. Specimen Collection and Handling.
Proper procedures for specimen identification, collection, transportation, and storage to maintain specimen integrity.
3. Quality Management.
Implementing quality control measures, proficiency testing, and corrective actions to monitor and enhance the accuracy and reliability of testing.
4. Analytic Phase.
Guidelines for analytical testing procedures, including calibration, validation, and accuracy assessments.
5. Post-Analytic Phase.
Ensuring the accurate reporting of results to healthcare providers and timely communication of critical values.
6. Laboratory Information Systems.
The utilization of effective information systems for test orders, result reporting, and data management.
7. Facilities and Safety.
Compliance with regulations for laboratory design, maintenance, and safety to protect both staff and patients.
8. Personnel Qualifications.
Ensuring that laboratory personnel have the necessary qualifications, training, and competence to perform their duties.
9. Equipment and Instruments.
Maintenance, calibration, and proper use of laboratory equipment and instruments to ensure accurate results.
10. Documentation and Record Keeping.
Maintaining accurate and complete records of all laboratory activities, including test results, quality control data, and instrument maintenance.