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Educational Webinars

Educational Webinar: The QC Standards, Past and Present: Novel Controversies and Old Struggles

22 Jan 2021

Educational Webinar: The QC Standards, Past and Present: Novel Controversies and Old Struggles

Sten Westgard

In this lecture, Sten Westgard revisits “the argument and established rationale for Liquid Controls vs Lyophilised Controls, Linearities and figuring out the reportable range, the consolidation of controls vs using many fragmented controls for just a few assays here and there, and what allowable Total Error to use when benchmarking performance.”

22 Jan 2021

Measurement Uncertainty: do we exceed the (speed) limit?

Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. Biol. Astrid Petersmann

Measurement Uncertainty is a key element in laboratory medicine. We have learned to monitor quality of laboratory results using internal and external quality controls. Analytical quality has improved over time, focusing on the technical side. In modern medicine though, where precision medicine or individualized medicine are pronounced, it becomes clear that medical needs have to be put more into focus of laboratory medicine.

Is the analytical quality sufficient for health care? How does Measurement Uncertainty affect clinical decisions? Where does Measurement Uncertainty occur? These questions will be exemplified by common diseases and the respective analytes used in diagnosis and monitoring. At the end participants may decide: Do they exceed the (speed) limit?

Solving Confusion with Regulations, QC Design, and Troubleshooting for SARS CoV-2 Assays

22 Jan 2021

Solving Confusion with Regulations, QC Design, and Troubleshooting for SARS CoV-2 Assays

Sharon Ehrmeyer Ph.D., MT(ASCP) and Sten Westgard

Join us for a webinar to learn about quality control (QC) regulations, setting the proper QC strategy/design, and troubleshoot SARs CoV-2 and other semi-qualitative tests in the laboratory. Sharon Ehrmeyer, Associate Professor from the University of Wisconsin- Madison will discuss regulations. Sten Westgard, Director of Client Services and Technology for Westgard QC, will cover QC design and troubleshooting the SARs CoV-2 and other semi-quantitative assays.
Understanding regulations and how to establish a strong QC design for semi-quantitative tests, leads to better proactive detection of assay problems and the potential identification of false results.
7 Things You Should Know about 6 Sigma Metrics

22 Jan 2021

7 Things You Should Know about 6 Sigma Metrics

Prof. Sten Westgard

Six Sigma has been around for decades - so why isn't there more of it in the medical laboratory?
Where can Sigma metrics make a tangible impact on staffing, expenses, and outcomes?
This one hour zoom with Professor Sten Westgard will introduce the concepts of Six Sigma, Sigma Metrics, and Westgard Sigma Rules.

22 Jan 2021

Impact of the new European IVDR on medical laboratories and related stakeholders

Prof. Dr. Folker Spitzenberger M.D.R.A. Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices Technical College Lübeck University

This webinar will give an overview on the changes and challenges derived from the IVDR with a special focus on medical laboratories. It will introduce the participant into the extended scope of the IVDR, the new risk-based classification system for IVDMD and the performance evaluation concept. A special focus will be laid on a discussion of the new EU requirements for “in-house testing“ (referring to devices manufactured and used within one single health facility = LDT).

22 Jan 2021

Rili-BÄK 2019: Neue Anforderungen an das medizinische Labor

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Nauck

Der Vorstand der Bundesärztekammer hat der überarbeiteten Version der Richtlinie zur Qualitätssicherung laboratoriumsmedizinischer Untersuchungen (Rili-BÄK) im Oktober 2019 zugestimmt. In der neuen Fassung wurden u. a. Weiterentwicklungen im Bereich des Qualitätsmanagements übernommen, neue Messgrößen aufgenommen und die Vorgaben für die Messgröße HbA1c angepasst

22 Jan 2021

Maintaining laboratory quality standards in an emergency: A COVID-19 case study.

Wayne Dimech, Executive Manager of Business and Services for the NRL, and Sten Westgard, Director Client Services and Technology for Westgard QC

Watch this webinar to see Wayne Dimech and Sten Westgard assess the landscape for COVID-19 testing, consider the current methods, tests, protocols and the state of regulations.