What is your laboratory’s level of confidence that out‑of‑control conditions are being quickly identified?
How often should controls be run for specific assays – is there an optimal frequency? How can QC be managed to minimize the risk of releasing incorrect patient results?
Laboratories with poorly designed QC strategy, including QC frequency, ranges and rules may not be able to quickly detect critical system malfunctions before releasing erroneous patient results.
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Where is your lab on a scale of risk?
Mission: Control allows you to scientifically determine how much risk exists in reporting an incorrect patient result and to define a QC strategy that will help you to minimize this risk. Your lab’s customized QC plan depends on three pillars.
Assess risk in your lab
The risk of reporting an incorrect test result that might cause patient harm is dependent on several lab performance criteria. If we know what these criteria are they could be used to help you control the risk. You should consider three main things.
- Precision of your lab’s QC method (such as CV, bias and time between failures)
- Your lab’s quality requirements – defined by allowable error and possibility of patient harm
- The QC strategy, including QC rules and frequency interval
Decide your optimal QC frequency
Risk must be quantified to determine what risk is (and is not) acceptable. Risk acceptability depends on the severity of patient harm and will be dependent upon the criticality of the medical treatment provided as a result of the test.
Find the comparative cost of quality
Your lab wants to produce the highest quality test results for as little cost as possible. The best approach is to detect errors early in the process because remedial activity later will cost more. Running the right QC could add up‑front costs in the error detection process but overall will be less costly than detecting errors later in the process.
Take a 3‑minute test drive of Bio‑Rad Mission: Control
Three minutes with our interactive risk calculator can give you an objective assessment of your lab’s risk of reporting incorrect patient results for specific analytes.Start risk calculator
Determine your laboratory's Risk Management Index (RMI).
Evaluate your test method performance based on your QC results.
Know your current risk of reporting incorrect patient results.
Assess how much you can lower your risk, based on your instrument performance.
Confidently select rules and frequency that fit your institution’s risk tolerance.
What our users are saying
Bio‑Rad Mission: Control was effective in assessing the level of risk and determining the best QC strategy.
– Clinical Chemistry Director
Bio‑Rad Mission: Control is an innovative tool that enables my laboratory to select the best QC rules and frequency to minimize the risk of delivering inaccurate results and improve the safety of the patients.
– Core Lab Director
Bio‑Rad Mission: Control provides a good approach to optimize the relationship between cost and quality.
– Central Lab QC Director
Bio‑Rad Mission: Control finds the right balance between increased QC frequency and retesting many patient samples.
– Clinical Lab Quality Assurance Manager