Helps ensure optimal test results for enhanced patient care

Intelligent Quality Management (iQM) is Instrumentation Laboratory’s patented quality assurance system that helps ensure optimal test results for GEM Premier 3000, GEM Premier 3500 and GEM Premier 4000 systems regardless of time of day, location or operator proficiency. Providing continuous quality management with real-time error detection and correction, iQM eliminates the need for traditional external quality controls and increases control in remote testing locations. 

  • Continuously monitors all critical components of blood gas testing in real time to assure accurate results
  • Automatically assures that each test meets demanding quality specifications
  • Immediately detects, corrects and documents errors
  • Eliminates labor and material costs associated with traditional QC
  • Assures that optimal quality control protocols are followed at all times, regardless of operator training
 

 


A published study, analyzing 10,550 patient samples, confirms iQM not only is valid in the research environment, but also is proven in the clinical setting.1

Study Details

Conducted to clinically validate the performance claims of iQM, as reported by Westgard et al.2

  • 10,550 patient samples
  • Four major teaching institutions:
    • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
    • Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
    • Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Compared iQM-measured QC values so traditional QC results
  • Calculated the average error deduction time for each measured analyte

Conclusions

Study results were published in the highly respected and peer-reviewed laboratory reference journal, Clinical Chimica Acta as follows:

“The findings from our study confirm that (a) iQM precision in a clinical setting is comparable to that found in previous studies done in a research setting, (b) the improved precision of control material in iQM is likely because the internal control fluids are sealed and not susceptible to exposure from handling, and (c) the system detects and often corrects errors in specific samples that might not be reported by traditional analytical systems...iQM provides quality control results comparable to or better than those obtained with traditional QC methods running on the GEM or other benchtop analyzers...Furthermore, the error detection capabilities that function on every sample provide an additional safeguard against reporting erroneous results due to clots or interferences."1

1. Toffaletti JG, McDonnell EH, Ramanathan LV, Tolnai J, Templin R., Pompa L. Validation of a quality assessment for blood gas and electrolyte testing.  Clinica Chimica Acta, 382 (2007) 65-70.
2. Westgard JO, Fallon KD, Mansouri S. Validation of iQM Active Process Control Technology. Point of Care, The Journal of Near-Patient Testing, 2003; Vol. 2, No. 1.



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IL’s iQM is breakthrough quality assurance software that continuously monitors critical care testing processes, assuring that quality standards are achieved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



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