The Alberta Laboratory Quality Enhancement Program (ALQEP)
Survey samples are sent to patient service laboratories for analysis. The results are then reported to the ALQEP on a predetermined schedule.
The ALQEP coordinator and the consultant specialist of each discipline tabulate and evaluate the results and the subsequent assessments are reported to all participants. When proficiency is found to be deficient, a letter requesting remedial action may be sent to the participant. The participant may then be required to reply to the ALQEP outlining corrective measures. Termination of services is undertaken only after reasonable attempts to resolve problems have failed.
It is imperative that the survey samples be handled in exactly the same manner as patient specimens. Repeat testing should be performed only in accordance with in-house criteria for patient results. Adherence to unspoken rules of honesty and integrity is of paramount importance to ensure the success of the program.
Dr. J.L. Hannon, Director
Ms. S. Hanington, Director, Accreditation
Ms. E. McBride, Program Manager
Ms. B. Padget, Accreditation & Quality Systems Coordinator
Ms. E. Behr, Accreditation Technical Analyst
Chemistry – Dr. F. Bamforth
Anatomic Pathology – Dr. G. Johnson
Hematology – Dr. G. Clarke
Microbiology – Dr. D. Church
Transfusion Medicine – Dr. J.L. Hannon