Additional Variables

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Additional Variables

Depending on the type of testing that is being performed, many other factors may need to be monitored to ensure reliable test results. These include:

  • Water quality
  • Analytic balance calibration
  • Glassware calibration
  • Centrifuge calibration
  • Thermometer calibration
  • Incubator temperatures
  • Refrigerator temperatures
  • Freezer temperatures
  • Expiration of reagents, standards, and controls
  • Instrument maintenance
  • Procedure manuals, including written step-by-step procedures of all tests performed by laboratory
  • Method selection, based on local population and clinician needs
  • Normal range verification based on the local population
  • Technical competencies of laboratory staff members