Waived Testing Toolkit

YOU CAN COUNT ON US: Guidance for producing accurate test results

The Waived Testing Toolkit provides support for producing accurate and reliable test results. Developed by laboratory medicine experts, it addresses the needs of diverse roles and disciplines in healthcare settings. This training resource uses a nimble, succinct methodology to meet the needs of personnel in laboratories, urgent care centers, pharmacies, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, and more!

The COLA Waived Testing Toolkit comes with

• 8 videos that easily guide you through waived testing best practices
• Customizable general laboratory procedures, logs and forms for your organization
• Laboratory self-assessment tool to assess the level of regulatory compliance
• Staff competency assessment template

COLA's toolkit will address common challenges with

1. Employee training and training documentation
2. Required quality control documentation
3. Understanding of current package insert
4. Recognizing the significance of expiration dates
5. Preanalytic concerns including specimen handling and labeling

Benefits of COLA's toolkit

• Guidance on COVID-19 test reporting requirements
• Blueprint to help minimize waived testing start-up and staff ramp-up times
• Procedures that facilitate quality testing and minimize costly waste
• Standardized training model to assist in reducing errors
• Time-saving templates to support consistency and efficiency

Waived Testing Manual

1 Self-Assessment

15 Procedures

  • Fingerstick Capillary Puncture
  • Heel Capillary Puncture Collection
  • Venipuncture
  • Clean Catch, Mid-Stream Urine Specimen Collection
  • Throat Swab Collection for Group A Strep Antigen Screen
  • Nasopharyngeal Collection for COVID-19 Testing
  • Procedure Manual
  • Competency Assessment & Training
  • Patient Confidentiality
  • Pre-Analytic Procedures
  • General Quality Control Requirements
  • Post-Analytic Procedures
  • Quality Assessment
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Laboratory Safety

8 Log Sheets

  • Refrigerator Freezer Temperature
  • Room Temperature & Humidity
  • Quality Control Log (Qualitative)
  • Quality Control Log (Quantitative)
  • Quality Control Log (Urinalysis)
  • Patient Test
  • Training Documentation
  • Competency Assessment

Course: Waived Testing - Best Practices for Quality Results

8 Videos with Quizzes

  • How to Apply for a CLIA Certificate
  • Introduction to Waived Testing
  • Why the Package Insert Matters
  • The Value of the Procedure Manual
  • Excellence in Pre-Analytic Activities
  • Excellence in Analytic Activities
  • Excellence in Post-Analytic Activities
  • COVID 19 Reporting
  • Sample video here

CE Accreditation
2.0 P.A.C.E.® Credits
Level of Instruction:

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COLA is a physician-directed organization comprised of the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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