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Second national external quality assessment scheme in hematology: the Philippine experience.
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PMID:  12755268     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Philippine Council for Quality Assurance In Clinical Laboratories has conducted two National External Quality Assessment Schemes (NEQAS) in Hematology. The first survey was conducted in December 1999 and the second in August 2000, with 95 and 187 laboratories, using mostly automated analyzers, participating respectively. Control materials were distributed during a two-week period by human network, and analyzed over a six to eight week period. For the first survey, only 36 laboratories (38.0%) submitted results. Data was divided into 4 peer groups based on the manufacturer. Since most of the samples were hemolysed upon analysis, only WBC and HGB parameters were evaluated. No outliers were detected in each peer group after analysis by the 'Peer Group Mean and SDI' method. Using the clinical laboratory improvement act of 1988 proficiency testing criteria (CLIA'88), only 5 results (13.9%) were unsatisfactory for WBC, and all results were satisfactory for HGB. For the second survey, 87 laboratories (47%) responded. Data was divided into 5 peer groups. There were few incidents of sample deterioration. Although majority of the coefficient of variations were acceptable, about 23 (12.6%) participants showed abnormality in at least one parameter after analysis by the 'Peer Group Mean and SDI'. Using CLIA'88, 5 WBC (6.5%), 6 RBC (7.6%), 8 HGB (9.7%), 15 HCT (19.0%), and 7 PLT (8.0%) results were unsatisfactory. In summary, the first NEQAS study served as a pilot study. Valuable lessons were learned for the improvement of the second NEQAS. The second NEQAS study was marked by a much larger sample size and better results.
D J Veloso; M A Saavedra; R D Mendoza; S M Mauhay; R P Tulio; A Shirakami; K Fujimoto; T P Maramba
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health     Volume:  33 Suppl 2     ISSN:  0125-1562     ISO Abbreviation:  Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-20     Completed Date:  2003-09-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0266303     Medline TA:  Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health     Country:  Thailand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines.
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MeSH Terms
Hematologic Tests / standards*
Laboratories / standards*
Quality Assurance, Health Care*

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