Quality Process During Testing
Quality Care, Quality Testing, Quality Process
The process during testing at the Pathology Department includes:
- Verification of patient name and accession number
- 10 percent quality control review of negative Pap tests
- Hierarchical review of abnormal Pap tests
- Verification of test results
For Pap testing, 10 percent of the normal Pap tests are reviewed by a senior cytotechnologist to verify the accuracy of the evaluation before it is reported. A pathologist reviews all abnormal Pap tests before the results are reported. This process can increase the testing time, but is necessary to assure the accuracy of the test results.
|Cytotechnologist Rochelle Lisette Penaflorida performs microscopic review of Pap tests with the assistance of the ThinPrep Imaging System.|
Additional Steps in Quality Process
- Annual competency assessment of all pathology laboratory staff
- Regular participation of pathology laboratory staff in continuing education programs
- Regular monitoring of various laboratory processes
- Ongoing maintenance of all test records and materials for easy retrieval
|Lab Assistant Valerie Markushevich files specimen slides for long-term storage.||Support Staff Member Mary Thomas files pathology and cytology test requisitions.|
Laboratory processes are monitored regularly to identify patterns and trends that may represent an ineffective testing process.
The pathology laboratory maintains test records and test materials in accordance with state and federal regulations. These materials must be filed accurately to ensure retrieval whenever necessary.
|Specimen slide file|
|Long-term storage for specimen slides and tissue blocks.|
|Tissue block file|
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