MAJ Sterling represented CLSI with a poster presentation at the Clinical Laboratory Management Association’s KnowledgeLab 2016 on CLSI’s Global Health Partnerships implementation of quality management systems in partnership with medical laboratories around the world.
Where were you working before joining us as the intern for Standards and Quality?
I was previously Laboratory Manager at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Can you tell us about the Training with Industry program? How was CLSI chosen as the location of your assignment?
The Training with Industry program ensures that medical professionals in the US Army have the most up-to-date knowledge and training through collaboration with industry partners.
The laboratory administration chose CLSI because CLSI consensus standards are widely used in the laboratory and are the basis for the quality management programs within all of the medical laboratories.
Previously having worked in the lab, can you tell us how you used CLSI standards on a daily basis?
Beyond providing the framework for quality management systems, CLSI standards are exceptionally helpful for troubleshooting a specific quality issue and as the source of the best practices for processes and procedures.
What do you find is important about CLSI standards in a military lab setting?
What many do not realize is that the military health care system is equivalent to civilian health care in terms of accreditations and quality. CLSI Standards are used in the military health system labs, as they are in civilian health care facilities, to ensure the highest quality and safety for staff and patients.
Can you tell us about the importance of CLSI’s relationship with the US Department of Defense?
The Department of Defense (DoD) has held a special membership agreement with CLSI that allows all military health care locations to have the benefits of CLSI membership. Through this membership, military health care locations used CLSI consensus standards and training, and participate in the standards development process. One of the goals of this Training with Industry experience is to strengthen and grow the partnership between CLSI and the DoD to improve laboratory practices and health outcomes.
When MAJ Sterling completes her Training with Industry experience, she will be a leader in standardizing the quality management systems across all US Army laboratories. She will be the Laboratory Manager at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.