PREPQ is a web-based, pan-disciplinary monitoring service that enables clinical laboratories to monitor the incidence of errors in the pre- and post- analytical phases, providing ‘end-to-end’ quality monitoring.

Pre- and Post-Analytical Quality Monitoring Service

The control of pre-analytical and post-analytical errors in diagnostic testing is recognised as a major contributor to the improvement in laboratory quality. Although the cause of many errors may be outside the laboratory, they waste resources and impair effective patient care.

UK NEQAS has developed the PREPQ service as an external comparison tool that gives the laboratory the opportunity to collate and monitor the incidence of errors beyond the analytical phase against their peers. Registration is flexible and may be by department, discipline, laboratory, hospital or network, depending upon the individual participant’s service arrangements. Regular monitoring periods allow the laboratory to return data at a frequency convenient to them against as many of the key assurance indicators as they are able to collect.

The service is offered on a secure on-line basis through the UK NEQAS Results and Reports service. Participants submit the number of quality failures compared to the number of opportunities for failure in a given time period. Performance evaluation is reported using sigma metrics, allowing immediate benchmarking with the laboratory’s peers.

PREPQ includes scenarios in pre and post-analytical monitoring every three months, which reflect current concerns in laboratory errors that originate outside the analytical phase. The responses are requested in the form of multiple choice questions and brief free text comments and the results are reported with a short expert commentary that can be used within the laboratory for education and a service development.

If you would like to know more about this service, which is provided as a benefit of UK NEQAS membership, and how it could help your laboratory, contact us using this link.