This webinar is presented by Margaret Blaetz CLC, MLT(AMT), CCCP(AAPOL), MLT, MCM(ASCP), Owner/Clinical Consultant, East Coast Clinical Consultants, LLC, Franklinville, NJ, National Manager of Laboratory Development, Unified Physician Management, FL
Proficiency Testing (PT) is an external inter-laboratory quality control that simulates real patient samples and the testing of those samples. The performance of each participating laboratory is compared with the collective performance of all participating laboratories. Participation in an approved PT program is part of the laboratory’s Quality Assurance requirement under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88).
When is PT required?
- Moderate/high complexity testing
- Regulated analytes - CMS list 3 events per year - 5 samples per assey
Best practice: Perform PT on all testing including waived testing when available.
How is PT performed?
- Tested with the laboratory’s regular patient workload
- By personnel who routinely perform the testing
- Use the laboratory’s routine methods
- Document each step of the handling, preparation, processing, and examination of the PT sample.
- The individual testing the PT sample and the laboratory director must sign an attestation statement that PT samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
Key points for successful documentation of PT performance:
- The laboratory director should promptly review PT results with the laboratory staff.
- Document this review and address any unsatisfactory scores.
- Initial and date the PT data to indicate that the results have been reviewed.
- Retain all records of PT participation for two years, except for immunohematology data which must be retained for ten years.
Key takeaway: Proficiency Testing serves as a test of your laboratory's processes, the competency of your staff and is a good indicator of the level of quality in your lab.
This continuing education credit is intended for use by clinical laboratory professionals who are interested in learning about proficiency testing (PT) and how pitfalls in their PT program can be turned into positive outcomes.
Take the course and obtain CE credits
Attend this basic level webinars at no cost. Cardinal Health is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This webinar is managed by Whitehat Communications and offer one P.A.C.E.® Continuing Education contact hour for up to six months after the live event.
One P.A.C.E.® credit is available upon completion of the course: Proficiency Testing – Turning Pitfalls into Positive Outcomes
P.A.C.E.® credits are widely recognized in the clinical laboratory profession and can be used to fulfill most continuing education requirements.