Total quality management in clinical virology laboratories

Tibbets, M. W.; Gomez, R.; Sridharan, G.; Kannangai, R.
October 2006
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Oct2006, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p258
Academic Journal
journal article
The diagnostic laboratories in India are progressively promoting higher standards and are moving towards accreditation and international acceptance. Hence, the concept of "Quality" will need to be understood and implemented. Total quality management (TQM) in a laboratory is an integrated program involving all laboratory staff and management. TQM is a framework to operate and it is aiming for integration, consistency, increase in efficiency and a continuous drive for improvement. A well structured clinical virology service will include serology setup, cell culture facility and capacity for molecular diagnosis. The quality of results from the laboratory is significantly influenced by many pre-analytical and post-analytical factors which needed attention. The end goal of the TQM should be to provide the best care possible for the patient.


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