Point of Care Quality Controls


So Much Rides on the Results that your Laboratory Provides Every Day

Routine QC testing monitors the precision of test procedures and helps to provide reliable test results. Instrument manufacturers provide both calibrators and controls that are designed for use on their own test systems. These controls are often manufactured from the same materials as the calibrators, making them less sensitive to changes in the test system. Bio-Rad controls are designed to be used on many different test systems, providing an independent, unbiased assessment.

The Starting Point to a Successful QC System

Implementing the use of independent quality controls on a daily basis in your laboratory is a sound investment in better patient care. A simple, effective QC system can help insure that your patient test results are reliable.

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Case Studies

Managing the Complexity of Quality Control in a POCT System using an Expert Software

Quality Control (QC) management of Point of Care Testing (POCT) instruments plays a pivotal role in monitoring systems often different and dispersed on a vast territory. Middleware solutions available on the market usually have minimal QC features. Nevertheless there are expert software solutions available on the market, dedicated to QC management, which can deliver a better specific support.
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Setting Performance Targets for Blood Gas Analyzers in a POCT System Using an Expert Software

Among analytical QC purposes in a Point of Care Testing (POCT) system, bias and imprecision estimation, related to reference instrumentation in the main clinical laboratory, plays a major role. It is possible to evaluate those performance targets through integration between the POCT middleware (AstrolabPOC, Moelca) and Unity™ Real Time software (Bio-Rad Laboratories).
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Informational QC Articles and Videos

Patient Risk Management

We’re now living in a time when sophisticated automated systems continuously produce patient test results. Yet typical QC practices are based around a batch of patient samples, or are set by default to a once daily, regulatory minimum.

In this article you will learn about building a QC system based around patient risk management. Related articles in the appendices provide more detail on key concepts.
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Bio-Rad Blackboard Videos

Short and informal tutorials by industry experts on basic quality control concepts.

Third Party Controls
Establishing QC Targets and Ranges
Levey-Jennings Charts

2016 Webinars

Bio-Rad is proud to sponsor the following POCT webinars, hosted by Whitehat Communications. To view or register, please click below.

Date Title
April 28, 2016 Jean Ball, MBA, MT(HHS) MLT(ASCP) "Quality Management - Making it Meaningful"
May 17, 2016 John Toffaletti, PhD, "Contemporary Issues in Point of Care Blood Gas Testing in the Cardiovascular Operating Room"
June 14, 2016 Stacy Olea, "Waived Testing: Tips for Resolving the Top Noncompliance Standards"
June 21, 2016 Marcia Zucker, PhD, "The 123's of ACT: What it is, Where it's Used, Which ACT's are Available, and Why the ACT Numbers are so Different
July 19, 2016 Maria Stevens Hardy, IMA(ASCP), AHI(AMT), CLC(AMT), "IQCP for POCT in the Analytic Stage: Decentralized Testing Specific Risk Management and Mitigation"
August 16, 2016 Jim Nichols, "Risk Management in POCT: Eliminating Errors Before they Bite You"
August 30, 2016 Martha Lyon, PhD, "The Curious Conundrum of Collecting Capillary Blood"
September 1, 2016 Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP, "Future Molecular POC"
October 5, 2016 Jim Nichols, "Use of Glucose meters in Critically Ill Patients"
November 10, 2016 Stacy Olea, "Waived Testing: Tips for Resolving the Top Noncompliance Standards
December 8, 2016 Ruth Cantu, "Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care-Troponin and Version 5"
December 13, 2016 Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP, "Case Studies in POCT: Test Verification, Competency, and Trouble Shooting"