Calibration and quality control in the pulmonary laboratory - why?
With the recent proliferation of tests performed in clinical laboratories, pulmonary function laboratories, and blood gas laboratories, there has been growing public concern about the reliability and accuracy of test results. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services has authority to license, and thereby control, laboratories involved in interstate commerce. To carry out its mandate to assure quality in laboratory practice, the CDC has proposed a 3-point program covering 1. Personnel standards 2. Quality-control standards 3. Proficiency testing The premise of this program is that if the staff of a laboratory are properly trained and qualified, they can be expected to perform tests adequately. Similarly, if reasonable standards for quality control are established and performance on proficiency testing is satisfactory, accurate and reliable results should be achieved. In truth, all three components are essential for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of tests performed in the laboratory.
American Association for Respiratory Care
Gardner, R. M. (1983). Calibration and quality control in the pulmonary laboratory - why?. Respiratory Care, 28(6), 745-6.