Advanced Instruments, Norwood, Mass, has launched Advanced QC, a Web-based peer group program that enables laboratories to compare their osmometer serum and urine quality control data to those of their peer laboratories on a real-time and monthly basis.

The Advanced QC peer group program was designed in collaboration with Advanced Instruments’ customers. It enables laboratories to troubleshoot issues quickly by providing instant and monthly reports to evaluate internal and external performance in real-time. The Advanced QC peer group program also gives labs increased assurance in proficiency survey and patient results.

“We are pleased to deliver a program that helps ensure accurate results in patient testing and helps labs troubleshoot and detect issues quickly,” says Julie MacKenzie, product manager at Advanced Instruments. “Feedback from usability testing spoke to how simple and intuitive users found the peer group.”

Amy Gibbs, CLS(ASCP), technical coordinator at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, an early adopter of the Advanced QC program, says that the program is an “intuitive program that is easy to use, and provides assurance that I am turning out accurate patient results.”

Unlike third-party controls, Advanced Instruments’ manufacturer-recommended osmometer controls—Protinol protein-based controls and Renol urine osmolality controls— are designed specifically for osmolality testing. Protinol and Renol ensure optimal instrument performance and are used every day by labs to help meet regulatory requirements for quality control.

Advanced Instruments offers a portfolio of single- and multisample osmometers. Osmolality results are vital to the diagnosis and treatment of body fluid disorders and even a slight shift in osmolality may be clinically significant—potentially changing the course of treatment.

For further information, visit Advanced Instruments.