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Record Keeping

A record keeping system is a vital component of an internal quality control program. Record keeping systems include:

  • Instrument maintenance logs
  • Calibration logs
  • Temperature logs
  • Water quality logs
  • Quality control results
  • Quality control charts
Logs may include:
  • Date
  • Time
  • Name of employee performing check or maintenance
  • Results
  • Description of maintenance performed
  • Problem description
  • Corrective actions
The record keeping system can be used to
  • monitor compliance with quality control procedures;
  • train employees in problem detection and problem solving;
  • help prevent instrument breakdowns;
  • evaluate service personnel performance;
  • identify topics for continuing education programs; and
  • help ensure reliable patient results.