DEC 17, 2019 5:00 AM PST

Alinity hq Sigma Metrics

Sponsored by: Abbott Diagnostics
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Director of Client Services and Technology - Westgard Quality Control
    Biography
      Sten Westgard, MS, is the Director of Client Services and Technology for Westgard Quality Control. Mr. Westgard earned his MS degree in Computer Science from Pace University (New York, New York).

      For more than 20 years, Sten has managed the Westgard website, course portal, and blog, creating and administering online training, as well as editing and writing hundreds of reports, essays, and applications on quality control, method validation, Six Sigma Risk Management and other laboratory management topics.

      He has edited and contributed to numerous books on quality, including Basic QC Practices, Basic Method Validation, Basic Quality Management Systems, Six Sigma QC Design and Control, Six Sigma Risk Analysis, CLIA Final Rules, Assuring the Right Quality Right, The Poor Lab's Guide to the Regulations and Nothing but the Truth about Quality. He has co-edited two special issues of Clinics in Laboratory Medicine (2015 and 2017), as well as a special issue of Biochemica Medica (2018)

      Sten is also an adjunct faculty member of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota; an adjunct faculty member of the University of Alexandria, Egypt; an adjunct visiting faculty member of Manipal University in Mangalore, India; and an honorary visiting professor in 2017 at Jiao Tong University, Shanghai.

    Abstract
    DATE:    December 17, 2019
    TIME:     5:00am PST, 2:00pm CET, UTC 1300
     
    Six Sigma is a quality management and improvement tool which estimates quality based on traditional parameters used in the clinical laboratory: allowable total error (TEa), precision and bias. Several sources for desirable TEa, including biological variation, proficiency testing and regulatory agencies, make it challenging for laboratories to identify the most appropriate quality target. The webinar will explain how sigma metrics are derived from the TEa target and the actual imprecision and bias of a particular assay/device. Discussion will include real life results obtained by various hematology analyzers as well as the impact on a laboratory’s quality control strategy of measuring the analytical performance using the Six Sigma scale.
     
    Learning Objectives:
    • Apply the concept of Six Sigma metrics to laboratory hematology
    • Identify the various sources of Total Allowable Error targets available for hematology measurands AND select the most appropriate performance specifications
    • Optimize the QC rules, controls, and frequency based on the appropriately calculated analytical Sigma-metric.
     
     
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