Updated January 15, 2011
Laboratory Medical DirecTIPs is an informational series designed for laboratory medical directors. These monthly briefs, produced by the CAP’s Practice Management Committee, aim to broadly identify steps medical directors may want to consider in the context of their essential role in quality patient care and promoting the value of that role. Each medical director, of course, must decide, depending on his or her facility’s needs, constraints, local practice standards, and applicable legal requirements, whether the identified steps will be beneficial.
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Don’t Refer, Don’t Confer
Don’t let PT referral sink your laboratory
The Gift of a PT Failure
Using your results to improve quality (and to avoid being the recipient of future “gifts”)
This is a Test
Preparing Your Laboratory for the Performance of Proficiency Testing
You’re Outta Here
Helping to Reduce Length of Stay
Are You Buying Premium When Regular Would Do?
Getting a Handle on Send-Outs
When a Rose Is Not a Rose
The Problem of Mislabeled Specimens
What’s the Difference
What to do When New Accreditation Requirements
Don’t Just Throw the Book at Them
Maximizing the Value of Your Procedure Manual
There When They Need You
Providing Clinical Consultations
Protecting Your People
Making Sure Your Physical Plant and Environment Are Safe
Taking Credit Where Credit Is Due
Writing an Annual Status Report for Your Lab
How Do You Know?
Monitoring Staff Competency
Do They Have the Right Stuff?
Making Sure Your Testing Personnel are Qualified
Do You Have Enough People?
Ensuring Sufficient Numbers of
Can You Read Me Now?
Making Sure Your Lab Reports Are
Easy to Understand
While the DirecTIPs series is intended to present information consistent with laboratory accreditation standards and other regulations, the CAP is not responsible for any errors or inconsistencies with applicable requirements. If a laboratory medical director concludes there is a conflict between information presented in the DirecTIPs series and applicable legal requirements, then accreditation standards and regulations obviously supersede the information presented in DirecTIPs.
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