Category Archives: Quality management

Blood culture liaison process – advice by organism type- Gram positives

SECOND CLINICIAN CALL: Confirmed culture identification with susceptibility available Prior to calling, check the isolate antibiogram to see that species and susceptibility make sense – see EUCAST Expert rules which provide intrinsic resistance characters by species, including unusual phenotypes. If … Continue reading

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Example template for documenting significant bloodstream infections

Suggested format for documenting significant BSI for later analyses.  Sub documents with key definitions will be provided soon. Print this sheet onto a single A4 page and maintain a records folder. Include documentation of the clinical liaison process as below. … Continue reading

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ISBAR – an essential process for improving clinical handover and liaison by pathology services

Structured conversations between clinicians or between pathologists and clinicians are a good idea – poor communication risks patient safety and contributes to adverse outcomes.  The ISBAR framework enables clear, focused and information relevant clinical communications.  Photo – blue ‘ISBAR’ species of chicken!

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Laboratory quality systems and lab capacity building programs

The WHO 2011 Handbook for laboratory quality management systems is the central resource used in developing laboratory systems for quality management. Print it out and get to know every section (below)! Expert Panel: Building Capacity for Diagnostics, GHDONLINE  Boston-based international expert led … Continue reading

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