Laboratories receive a variety of body fluids for evaluation that technologists review. Technical staff must maintain their identification skills of these specimens, and laboratories are required to provide education, and assess competency and consistency of reporting morphology amongst staff of body fluid cell identification on an annual basis.
This study will assess the effectiveness of educational and practical experience policies and procedures dedicated to the laboratory’s efforts in maintaining technologist skills in the performance of accurate body fluid cell counts and identification of other body fluid features. Results of this study will assist individuals, the laboratory director, and manager with areas to focus on for improvement and education.
The study will help management meet applicable Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), CAP Laboratory Accreditation, and The Joint Commission laboratory requirements for personnel competency requirements and consistency of reporting amongst staff.*
Technologists will access a series of online, whole slide images to assess their ability to perform cell differentials on Wright-stained body fluids and identify miscellaneous cells and inclusions in cytocentrifuged preparations. Participants will provide additional information about their competency assessment programs, continuing education, and professional background
Information will be collected from each site regarding minimum qualifications and experience requirements of their technologists, their ongoing educational programs and requirements, as well as relevant procedures and policies.
- Individual technologist score (%) based on a standardized competency assessment method to determine a technologist’s ability to identify various WBC types, red blood cells, and other items present in normal and abnormal cases in comparison to consensus responses
- Overall laboratory score based on the facility’s individual technologist performance(s)
Reports are provided at institution and technologist levels. A summary of responses to the general questions will be provided for participants.
To meet your staff technical competency assessment requirements:
- Each QPB10 order includes kits with result forms for up to 10 technologists
- Multiple kits may be purchased to accommodate quantity needed
B Mailing: March 13, 2023
- CLIA personnel requirements (Subpart M, 42 CFR §493.1)
- CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program Checklist statements GEN.55500 Competency Assessment of Testing Personnel, and HEM.35566, consistency of morphologic observation among personnel performing blood fluid cell differentials at least annually.
- The Joint Commission Standards HR. 01.05.03, 01.06.01, 01.07.01, LD.04.05.03, and 04.05.05 regarding in-service training, continuing education, competency, and evaluation of hospital personnel