Updated: Nov 5, 2021
In order to ensure the production of valuable test results, laboratories must adopt good practices in regard to management and quality control. That is why the culture in which a laboratory operates is critical since it can drive how receptive the team is to adherence. Effective laboratory management relies on a few simple principles to assure optimal lab function. Here is a list of the best practices for effective quality control in lab management.
1. Trust the Team to Carry Out Responsibilities
Laboratory team members should be trained and trusted to follow protocols, fulfill their responsibilities, be confident in what they do, uphold the industry standards. To achieve this it’s important for effective laboratory management to include building team morale and giving staff autonomy while always taking into consideration process and structure.
2. Track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Performance indicators are a helpful way to track feedback and data that allows quantifying the work being done and displays the distribution of workload individually and on a team level. The right KPIs must be selected to elevate team morale and protect against a negative competitive work environment. Always protecting individual privacy while boosting healthy internal competition.
3. The Role as a QC Lab Manager
Before efficiency, the thing that should come first in a laboratory setting is quality. Quality control cannot be sacrificed in the interest of production volume or speed. Quality is both paramount and uncompromising since it is often a synonym of patient safety. It is a good idea to follow up regularly on data and report on trends and changes to help take the right lab decisions and ensure the maintenance of top quality standards.
Effective laboratory management is characterized by maximizing tools, resources, and time to empower all lab members into stepping up their roles and providing quality practices. At Click On Lab, our laboratory consulting services allow you to ensure compliance with the POCT QC requirements. Good QC practice can prevent the release of patient results without acceptable QC, making your POCT QC ready for inspection. Contact us today for more information.