n Medical Technology SA - Methodology of presenting analytical quality assurance courses for medical technologists

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5528



A survey on the quality of service provided by state laboratories in the Limpopo Province was conducted during the period 2000 - 2002. The focus was on accuracy and precision. The service quality evaluation was based on standard deviation index, % deviation and % clinically rejectable results. The scores obtained were evaluated in terms of internationally pre-determined cut-off limits. Education and training were cited by 97% of the interviewees as the major contributory factors to the poor performance. <br>Subsequent to the discussion, a course in quality assurance was designed, presented and evaluated, as above. Although the postintervention performance results did not meet the international performance standard at the given time yet; they were much closer to norm and significantly better than the pre-course performance results. <br>The conclusion is that newly designed course will contribute in reaching the international cut-off standard for clinical laboratories.

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