Research Centers

Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories

Center affiliation:

  • Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories / Al Quds University
  • Faculty of Health Professions

Location: Ramallah

 

Center director name, affiliation, short bio and contacts

  • Director: Yuma Kamel Shehadeh /Shalabi   
  • Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences - Faculty of Health Professions / Al Quds University

Staff names, affiliations, short bio and contacts

Staff: 

  1. Ziad Al Khdour /lab supervisor - Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences - Faculty of Health Professions
  2. Maysoon Hassan / Research and Lab Assistance / Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories
  3. Duaa Mahmoud / Research and Lab Assistance / Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories
  4. Shahd Faroun / Research and Lab Assistance / Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories
  5. Nida Rajabi / Center Secretary / Al Quds University

Short intro about the center

Introduction

The center for quality in medical laboratories (CQML) aims to serve and develop medical laboratory services and laboratory workers in Palestine. The External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS) is the only national program of its kind in Palestine. This program provides services to all certified medical laboratories in the West Bank. Thus, helping affiliated laboratories to improve their status and performance.

Program Mission

“Achieving harmonization and reducing the differences between the results of laboratory tests from various medical laboratories at the level of the country”.

since the results of the lab tests are the corner stone for diagnosis and treatment of patients, correct results lead to right diagnosis and treatment.  Thus, improving the level of care of the patient, leading to raise the level of health.

Program Goals

The participation of medical labs in the program improves the level of medical services through improving the performance of laboratories, because about 50% of medical errors caused by the wrong laboratory diagnosis, and the reduction in the differences comes through:

  1. Identifying problems facing the laboratory and helping in finding appropriate solutions.
  2. Providing technical advice in the field of quality control for interested participants.
  3. Raising the efficiency of the participating laboratories through providing access to modern methods of diagnosis and comparison with other laboratories. Additionally, to assess the efficiency of diagnostic methods and materials used by the laboratory.
  4. Increase the confidence in the results of the laboratory and thus gain the confidence of the patient and the doctor at the same time.
  5. The procedures, tests and services the center carry out and can provide

The Center is currently providing external quality control service in laboratory medicine in 6 lab disciplines; Routine Clinical Chemistry testing (18 Tests), Routine Hematology for Complete Blood Count (CBC) (8 parameters), Hemostasis-Coagulation for routine coagulation testing (3 tests), Samples for HbA1c, routine Urine dipstick analysis, and Hormonal assay (7 hormones).

The center work includes

1. Sample preparation: (External quality control samples)for the 6 above mentioned disciplines, all tested to be free of (HBV, HCV, HIV).

  • samples are prepared internally in CQML and handled in accordance to ISO/IEC 17043 standards.

2. Samples distribution: Samples are distributed to the participating laboratories through the affiliated institutions in the program. The rest of the laboratories (private labs mainly) receive the samples through the Palestinian Ministry of Health's health directorates in all West Bank governorates.3.      Communication with the laboratories: the center has a special web page www.eqas.alquds.edu through which the laboratory enters the results of the tests and then the center send reports to the laboratories online(after the statistical analysis of the results according to ISO 13528 standard) where each laboratory has its own User name and Password.          6.          The machines, devices and equipment the center has with dome info about their use.The following table shows the list of equipment available at the center  

Instrument name

Description

Quantity

Analytical balance

Analytical balance#1 (PIONEER)

2

Balance

Balance (top Loading)

1

Centrifuge

Centrifuge

1

Centrifuge

Centrifuge NF 200

1

SELECTRA PRO XS

SELECTRA PRO XS chemistry analyzer

1

Spectrophotometer

Spectrophotometer (thermo scientific)

1

Medonic M Series

Medonic M Series(CBC analyzer)

1

Incubator

Incubator for Microbiology

3

Roller

Roller (tube Roller)

2

Vortex Mixer

Vortex Mixer (mini spin)

2

Stirrer

Stirrer JENWAY

1

Refrigerator

Refrigerator (2-8°C) BIOBASE

5

Freezer

Freezer (-25°C) mrc

5

Deep freezer

Deep freezer (-86°C)

2

Centralized UPS System

Centralized UPS System

1

UPS

UPS

1

Autoclave

Autoclave (mrc)

2

Laminar Flow

Laminar Flow (mrc)

1

Biological Safety Cabinet

Biological Safety Cabinet (BIOBASE)

1

Water bath

Water bath

1

Water vacuum system

Water vacuum system

1

Water distillate

Water distillate

1

Stomacher

Stomacher

1

Colony counter

colony counter for Microbiology

1

Lyophilizer

Lyophilizer (LABCONCO) #1

2

pH meter

pH meter

1

Microscope

Microscope (NIKON)

1

Coatron

Coagulometer 

1

Automatic dispenser

Automatic dispenser (50ml) eppendrof

2

Automatic Pipette

Automatic Pipette (variable volumes)

5

Coloromat 100

Colorometer

1

Center publications

  1. Shehadeh, Y, and Alkhdoor, Z, Comparison of Two Protocols for Evaluating Laboratory Performance in External Quality Assessment Schemes in Clinical Chemistry and Hematology, 10th PAMT conference, 21 -23 April 2018
  2. Mushallah, D, Shehadeh, Y, Alkhdoor, Z, and Hassan, M, Interventions of Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories (CQML): solving laboratories problems in Palestine. 10th PAMT conference, 21 -23 April 2018. (Poster)
  3. Hassan, M, Alkhdoor, Z, and Mushallah, D, Practice of Urine Dipstick in Palestine: to establish a new External Quality Assessment Scheme, 10th PAMT conference, 21 -23 April 2018. (Poster)
  4. Shehadeh, Y, Function of Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories as PT provider in Palestine, Eurachem workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus, 21/2/2019 (presentation)
  5. Shehadeh, Y, Studies Conducted by Center for Quality in Medical Laboratories (CQML) to Solve Analytical Problems in Labs, PAMT – Bethlehem, 9/7/2019 (presentation)
  6. Shehadeh, Y, Statistical Analysis and Report Interpretation, PAMT – Jenin, 1/12/2017 (presentation)
  7. Alkhdoor, Z, Statistical Analysis of EQA Results for labs participating in EQAS, PAMT – Bethlehem, 9/7/2019 (presentation)
  8. Alkhdoor, Z, Summary on the new program for CQML, PAMT – Jenin, 1/12/2017 (presentation)

Center Master and BA students research projects

Certain number of senior students in Medical Laboratories Sciences (MLS) department have part of their practical training in the center as part of the curriculum.

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