Workload Limits and Quality Assurance in Image-Assisted Gynecologic Screening
Tarik M. Elsheikh, MD
Presentation date: July 24, 2012; Expires July 24, 2015
With the current and projected shortage of the cytotechnologist workforce and desires to reduce laboratory costs, markedly increased productivity with image assisted screening, not necessarily increased sensitivity, became an attractive option for many labs. This may be accomplished by imposing pre-determined productivity quota, and reducing QA measures to the minimum required by CLIA. More recent literature, however, has shown that the FDA approved cytotechnologist workload limits are too high and can lead to increased error rate, and that the CLIA-mandated quality measures, by themselves, may fail to detect poor cytotechnologist performers. In this webinar, review of recent literature and recommendations for cytotechnologist workload limits and QA measures are presented.