Essentials of Clinical Management

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Essentials of Clinical Laboratory Management in Developing Regions

Dr. Wim de Kieviet, The Netherlands, chair C-CLM, Editor Dr. Elizabeth Frank, India, member C-CLM Dr. Herbert Stekel, Austria, member C-CLM

Committee on Clinical Laboratory Management (C-CLM) Education and Management Division (EMD) IFCC

Essentials of Clinical Laboratory Management in Developing Regions

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Chapter 1: Why Essentials of Clinical Laboratory Management in Developing Regions? Chapter 2: Managerial guidelines to set up a clinical laboratory under difficult circumstances Chapter 3: Basic Level of Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) Chapter 4: Essential guidelines for Total Quality Management & Accreditation based on ISO 15189 Chapter 5: Basic training in managerial skills Chapter 6: Basic Quality Control at low cost Chapter 7: Environmental Conditions 30 43 52 59 7 17 5

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Chapter 1
Why Essentials of Clinical Laboratory Management in Developing Regions? Wim de Kieviet, Editor 1.1 Introduction The IFCC supports worldwide the work and activities of clinical laboratories. The needs of clinical laboratories in general and of specialists in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine in particular differ not only from country to country, but also from laboratory to laboratory. In general the main efforts of the IFCC have been focussed on raising the quality and functionality of already good-level clinical laboratories. These laboratories are present in the so called developed countries as well as, to a minor extend, in the so called developing countries. The terms developed and developing countries only reflects the financial possibilities and the availability of professional know-how on the field of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. It has no relation with the cultural and social status of the inhabitants of a country. In countries with less financial possibilities the situation in the clinical laboratories differs strongly from location to location. In those countries well equipped and well organised laboratories exist next to laboratories with minimal diagnostic possibilities and a lack of good educated co-workers. The essentials of clinical laboratory management (essential guidelines) of the Committee on Clinical Laboratory Management (C-CLM) of the IFCC has been written to support the development of low-level clinical laboratories in developing countries. The essential guidelines have the only intention to provide tools for those laboratories which they can use in their own development. It is important that the development of clinical laboratories in developing countries is performed by their own staff and in a direction that is suitable for their local situation. It is not the intention of the essential guidelines to bring all clinical laboratories of the world to the same level, because the required local level differs too much. The intention is supply tools to enforce the local laboratory diagnostics.

1.2 Aims of the essential guidelines
The essential guidelines describe the minimal requirements of different topics. They are written in a compact way to give a quick insight in the problems to solve. The essential guidelines do not have the intention to provide a comprehensive overview of the themes. There are good handbooks and publications available of all the topics when the highest level is required. The Basic Guidelines will help with the decisions about 'what to do first and what to do later on'.

1.3 Topics essential guidelines
The topics described in this monograph are: 1. Managerial guidelines to set up a clinical laboratory under difficult circumstances These guidelines inform about the managerial ins and outs in the case of the set up of a clinical aboratory under difficult circumstances. They describe the essential elements of the business plan, the threats and opportunities, and the cost analysis. Also...
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