- Last Update On : 2013-01-28
Evaluation of a new method or instrument must be completed prior to introduction into the laboratory. Timely and efficient completion of the evaluation requires a well thought out plan using clearly defined criteria.
The following information should be evaluated and found to be consistent with the laboratory’s operational goals before a method or instrument is considered for further evaluation.
How will the test be used?
- How often is the test being sent to a reference laboratory?
- Will it become a standard of medical care?
- Is this an individual, departmental, or general medical staff request?
- Which physician groups will order the test?
- How many tests will be ordered per week?
- What is an acceptable turnaround time for inpatients and outpatients?
- Does the test need to be available on a stat basis?
- How would local availability of this test improve medical practice?