LabGuide 8: Proficiency Testing
Read Guide 8 and be able to:
- Define proficiency testing (PT) as it pertains to the laboratory.
- Describe the types of specimens associated with PT.
- Define the following terms: mean, standard deviation, accuracy, precision, reliability, coefficient of variation, peer groups, comparative method, fixed limits, regulated analyte, testing event, challenge, unsatisfactory, unsuccessful, repeatedly unsuccessful, and reinstatement of an analyte.
- Explain the enrollment requirements for PT.
- Define the minimum acceptable testing event score for PT.
- Compare and contrast the corrective action requirements included in COLA’s Quality Improvement Plan that a laboratory should perform if they have unsatisfactory or unsuccessful PT scores.
- Discuss the troubleshooting techniques that a laboratory should use if they have a PT failure.
- State the documentation requirements associated with PT.
- Identify if an analyte is a regulated analyte.
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