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eNewsletter 2006 January - February


Risk Management Tools for Improved Patient Safety Workshop Announced by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute

Wayne, PA, USA- 5 December 2005-Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI, formerly NCCLS) has announced it will follow up March 2005's groundbreaking Quality Control for the Future workshop with a workshop titled Risk Management Tools for Improved Patient Safety, to take place in conjunction with the organization's annual Leadership Conference, from 26-28 April 2006 in Vienna, Virginia, outside of Washington, DC.


Quality Control for the Future has launched a continuing flurry of press, scholarly articles, and public debate throughout the healthcare world on the topic of equivalent quality control, along with collective innovation on new regulatory options to better accommodate different sectors of the patient-testing field. Risk Management Tools for Improved Patient Safety will focus specifically upon defining current problems in risk management, reviewing currently employed mechanisms and solutions, and describing a systematic risk management approach, providing attendees with concrete tools with which to return to their workplaces for practical application.


Presenters will include Joe Boone, PhD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who will address risk created by laboratory errors; Donald Powers, PhD, of Powers Consulting Services, who will explain the benefit of extending the risk management process used by IVD manufacturers to the clinical laboratory; and Tina Krenc of Abbott Diagnostics, who will introduce available risk management tools, their specific uses, and their limitations.


However, says CLSI Director, Standards and Quality Jennifer McGeary, MT(ASCP), MSHA, the main focus of the day will be upon providing the audience "take-home knowledge" of risk management tools they can implement to manage risk and eliminate error, with afternoon training sessions focusing on hazard analysis, process mapping, FME(C)A, fault tree analysis, and HACCP.


Co-sponsors of the event include AdvaMed, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), CLMA, COLA, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC).


For more information on the Risk Management Tools for Improved Patient Safety workshop and the 2006 CLSI Leadership Conference, visit , or call +610.688.0100.


Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to developing medical standards and guidelines through a consensus process that balances the perspectives of industry, government, and the healthcare professions.

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