Quality management for your in-clinic laboratory
Quality management for your in-clinic laboratory’ may not sound like a particularly fun webinar topic; however, if you rely on blood test results from an in-clinic laboratory to make medical decisions, then this webinar is not to be missed!
Point-of-care blood testing in veterinary clinics is now extremely common, with most vet clinics having some form of in-clinic testing capability. However, without regular quality assurance processes to ensure your in-clinic laboratory equipment is performing optimally, there is the risk that laboratory errors can lead to misdiagnosis and mismanagement of patients.
In human health, point-of-care blood testing is strictly regulated by an authority and failure to address issues of noncompliance results in lack of accreditation and termination of the facilities’ point-of-care testing services. While not compulsory in Australia, most commercial veterinary diagnostic pathology laboratories are accredited, indicating their commitment to adherence of Quality Assurance principles and procedures to an International Standard.
In stark contrast, veterinary clinics have no such governance, and there is often a lack of understanding of the need for, and importance of having a Quality Assurance program in place.
This webinar aims to highlight potential sources for error in blood test results, and introduces concepts of Quality Assurance that all pathology users should be familiar with. The framework for a basic in-clinic QA program for haematology and biochemistry testing will be presented.
Recording from 21 April 2021
Dr Brad Galgut BVSc (Hons), Diplomate ACVP
Brad graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2003. He spent three years in general practice in Australia and England, before completing a three year clinical pathology residency program at Kansas State University, USA. Brad successfully passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologists board examination in Clinical Pathology in 2010 before returning to Australia. Brad worked at Gribbles Veterinary Pathology and Vepalabs Veterinary Pathology, before commencing at ASAP laboratory as pathologist and state director in 2015. His areas of interest include diagnostic cytology, haematology and biochemistry of companion animals, horses, and avian/exotic species, as well as laboratory quality management. Brad is a registered specialist in clinical pathology, a reviewer for numerous journals, and has presented at national and international conferences. He is a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathologists, the Australian Society of Veterinary Pathology, and the Australian Veterinary Association.