Proficiency Test Handling and Communication (by LabCE)

2 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 840 customer ratings)

Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB; Zoe Zorka, DBA
Reviewer: Rory Huschka, M.Ed., MT(ASCP)

Course provided by LabCE.

This course addresses proficiency testing (PT) in the clinical laboratory. It outlines the guidelines for performance, documentation, result reporting, and corrective action of PT samples. The course describes circumstances that constitute PT referral and inappropriate communication related to PT events, the use of alternate PT procedures in laboratory practice, compliant modification in standard PT protocols for multiple testing methods for a single analyte and molecular test methods among other topics.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 2 hour(s)
Course number 578-021-19, approved through 1/31/2021
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 2 hour(s)
Course number 20-650809, approved through 9/1/2020

Objectives

  • Outline general regulations regarding proficiency testing (PT).
  • Explain the importance of PT in a laboratory setting.
  • Describe proper handling and storage of PT samples.
  • Outline guidelines for performance, documentation, result reporting, and corrective action of PT samples.
  • Describe circumstances that constitute PT referral and inappropriate communication related to PT events
  • Define and discuss the use of alternate PT procedures in laboratory practice.
  • Identify instances when split sample testing may be used for compliance, including four sources of split sample testing materials.
  • Discuss PT options for laboratory developed testing (LDT).
  • Discuss compliant modification in standard PT protocols for multiple testing methods for a single analyte and molecular test methods.

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Course Outline

  • Proficiency Testing
      • Proficiency Testing (PT) Introduction
      • Proficiency Testing Overview
  • Testing, Documenting, and Reporting PT Samples
    • Handling PT Samples
      • Handling of Proficiency Testing Samples
    • Testing Samples
      • Testing Preparation
      • Testing Process
      • Proficiency Testing Referral
    • Reporting PT Sample Results
      • Reporting PT Sample Results
      • Retention of PT Results, Records, and Data
  • Review and Corrective Action of Proficiency Testing
      • Laboratory PT Results Review
      • Causes and Possible Consequences of Unsatisfactory PT Results
  • Alternative Assessment Procedures General Information
      • Alternative Assessment Procedure (AAP)
      • Miscellaneous Circumstances where AAP is Acceptable
  • Alternative Assessment Procedures
      • Alternative Assessment Procedure Guidelines
      • Appropriate Use of Split Sample Testing
      • Alternative Assessment Procedural Specifics
      • Protocol for Split Sample Testing
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Author information: Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB is the owner of ARK Laboratory Consulting, LLC and a part time technical consultant for McKesson. Sheryl served as the laboratory coordinator for the Student Health Services Laboratory at the University of Delaware for 15 years. Sheryl received her Master’s degree in Education from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has more than 35 years of experience in laboratory science to include management, education, and hands-on bench experience. She has written and published textbooks and laboratory manuals as well as having contributed to numerous online and print articles in the field of laboratory medicine.
 
Author information:  Zoe Zorka holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis on statistics. She has worked as a technical writer and systems process engineer for the last several years, focusing on regulatory compliance, business development, and training for franchise businesses. She specializes in OSHA regulations and health code compliance. She resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
Reviewer information: Rory Huschka, M. Ed., MT(ASCP), has over 20 years of experience as a medical technologist, technical supervisor, professor, and manager. He is the former Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Laboratory Technician Programs at Brookline College in Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Rory holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from North Dakota State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

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