J Lab Med Qual Assur 2019; 41(4): 179-194
Published online December 31, 2019
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Jae-Seok Kim1,2 and Hyoung Sun Lee2
1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon;
2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Hallym University Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to:Jae-Seok Kim
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Hallym University Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, 150 Seongan-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 05355, Korea
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Annual proficiency surveys were conducted thrice in 2016 as a part of the Clinical Microbiology Program of the Korean Association of External Quality Assessment Service. This program covers the fields of clinical bacteriology and mycology. Additionally, another assessment involved three bacterial and two yeast trials. These sets were distributed to different laboratories for the Gram staining, culture, identification, and antimicrobial susceptibility tests of bacteria, as well as for culture and identification of yeasts. In 2016, the trials I, II, and III reported responses from 293, 292, and 285 laboratories, respectively, for bacterial assessment. For yeasts, 107 and 101 laboratories responded in trials I and II, respectively. A novel proficiency testing program was applied in 2016 with the “80%” rules for every laboratory. Identification of bacteria was acceptable for all isolates with the following order of accuracy:
Keywords: Quality control, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Mycology, Microbial sensitivity test
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