ASM Quality Control Survey Results

Nature of Responding Laboratories

Outpatient 203 (68%)
Hospital 63 (21%)
Inpatient 50 (16%)
Reference 45 (15%)
Public Health 19 (6%)
Commercial 10 (3%)

Results of ASM Survey on Q. C. Failures - 1996

Reagent Lots Tested # Years Failures Percent Failure
GRAM STAINS 6412 657 2 0.04
OPTOCHIN DISKS 770 176 4 0.52
BACITRACIN DISKS 1558 187 4 0.26
CEFINASE DISKS 620 118 0 0
STAPH LATEX 649 124 7 1.08
X FACTOR DISKS/S 188 76 4 2.13
V FACTOR DISKS/S 276 74 2 0.72
STREP LATEX GRP 1664 122 2 0.12
GERM TUBE REAG 423 95 0 0
PYR 693 97 0 0
DEOXYCHOLATE 187 76 2 1.07
METHYLENE BLUE 437 65 6 1.37
KOH (FUNGAL) 517 169 3 0.58
LAP DISKS 90 49 1 1.11
ALA 235 50 2 0.85

CLIA '88 Comparisons to ASM Recommendations

REAGENT/STAINS CLIA '88 ASM RECOMMENDATIONS
GRAM STAINS Lot or batch weekly Lot or Batch
OPTOCHIN DISKS Lot or batch weekly Lot or batch
BACITRACIN DISKS Lot or batch weekly Lot or batch
CEFINASE DISKS NS Lot or batch
STAPH LATEX NS Lot or batch
X FACTOR DISKS/S Lot or batch weekly Lot or batch
V FACTOR DISKS/S Lot or batch weekly Lot or batch
STREP LATEX GRP NS Lot or batch
GERM TUBE REAG NS Lot or batch
PYR NS Lot or batch
DEOXYCHOLATE NS Lot or batch
METHYLENE BLUE NS Lot or batch
KOH (FUNGAL) Lot or batch weekly Lot or batch
LAP DISKS NS Lot or batch
ALA NS Lot or batch

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