2011-07-06

New study demonstrates improved staff proficiency

In 2010 Yoko Tabe compiled the results of the quality project initiated by the Juntendo University Medicine Group in Tokyo, Japan, and just recently the study was published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

“Quality assurance was a decisive issue for us, Yoko Tabe explains. Using the CellaVision DM96 analyzer and CellaVision Competency Software for training we designed a program in which the staff effectively tested their skills in identifying and classifying blood cells.

We now see that the project has really resulted in improved staff proficiency and thus standardized analyses. It is very gratifying to know that we at the laboratory can contribute to providing our patients with better care.”

Read the JCP article here…

One thought on “New study demonstrates improved staff proficiency”

  1. Thank you for a very thorough and interesting article.
    I do agree that in a few years the labs will lack experienced medical technologists to perform the manual WBC differential if nothing is done. It normally takes several years to gain expertise in this field.

    We are using the CellaVision competency software periodically as a test and as a training module.
    We import slides/orders from our routine production (DM96) and have created several test cases which increase in difficulty, starting with normal samples.
    These tests are used for training students and newly hired technologists.

    Furthermore, we create a test (3 cases) once a year, which the medical technologists have to pass in order to achieve or maintain their licenses. The performance score should ideally be > 95%, (WBC Agreement % compared to Examiner), but we also look into all the results for each participant to validate whether further education is necessary. Participants also view their own results after the test case is closed. And of course the ”WBC Disagreement Tab” is very important to investigate.
    We have at the moment 31 medical technologists who can perform the WBC diff.

    We are very pleased with the competency software and it has indeed improved the performance of the staff.
    We are accredited according to ISO 15189 and the software is an excellent tool for documentation of staff proficiency.

    By the way – are there really 2700 laboratories in Japan? It’s a lot.
    kind regards Margit

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