The Malta Independent 22 January 2021, Friday

Mater Dei Toxicology labs place in top three in international case study performance score

Albert Galea Thursday, 3 December 2020, 07:34 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Toxicology Laboratories at the Mater Dei Pathology Department have placed in the top three lab category in an LGC Standards External Quality Control test.

This was for a Performance Score result received last November in relation to the Case Study Proficiency Testing scheme.

The clinical interpretation report was written by Dr Michelle (k/a Mikhaila) Muscat, Consultant, the Chemical Pathologist in charge of the Toxicology Lab and the analysis was performed by Mr. Jonathan Vella, Senior Scientific Officer.

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The Pathology Department is headed by Dr Christopher Barbara, the Clinical Chairperson.

LGC Standards has its headquarters in Lancashire, UK and provides Proficiency Testing (PT) of various kinds to a global network of subscribed laboratories. Proficiency testing is required for laboratory accreditation; it is central to ensuring lab quality and allows laboratories to benchmark performance.

The Case Study scheme involves different participating labs receiving samples accompanied with a fictitious patient story and then followed by questions in relation to interpretation and to the list of substances detected.

The total score includes identification/quantitation scores and interpretation scores. This comprises of correlating patient presentation with the chemical findings.

 

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