The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center clinical laboratory recently passed an unannounced accreditation inspection from COLA.
COLA (formerly known as the Commission On Laboratory Accreditation, http://www.cola.org/) conducts unannounced inspections every two years to ensure clinical laboratory operations maintain a high level of quality service.
“Studies have shown that laboratory data is used by providers in 70 percent of all diagnosis and treatment decisions for patients,” stated John Perry, SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center Clinical Laboratory Manager, in a release. “This type of unannounced inspection helps assure the public that the laboratory data used in their treatment is accurate and of the highest quality possible.”
During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures from the previous two years. Inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory.