CAP inspection

CAP inspection

A term for the formalised inspection of a clinical laboratory by the accreditation arm of the College of American Pathologists. During a CAP inspection, various aspects of the laboratory’s operations and management are evaluated, including procedure manuals, completeness of records, types and methods of quality control and factors that indicate that the lab is meeting high-quality standards.
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Q During a recent CAP inspection, the inspector recommended we use the cryptococcal antigen test as a replacement for the microscopic examination of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) specimens by the India ink method.
In one particularly memorable week in a lab I was supervising, we had two inspections: the CAP inspection and an unannounced state inspection.
Further, during a CAP inspection, these supervisors covered up many deficiencies because they spoke the same language as the inspectors.
This is a significant benefit in applications such as can and bottle cap inspection, where objects are moving quickly by the camera and the results must be reported instantly.
Maryland General Hospital, immediately post-satisfactory CAP inspection, was being inspected by the Maryland Department of Health for fraudulent laboratory practices involving HIV and hepatitis testing.
The lab received zero deficiencies on its Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program inspections, zero deficiencies on the AAAHC self-inspection, and only one deficiency on its CAP inspection.
For the third time in a row, the rigorous CAP inspection resulted in zero deficiencies indicating that the laboratory is one of an exclusive group of reproductive laboratories around the country that meet the accreditation standards with excellence.
Our CAP inspection in 1999 was our first 'paperless' inspection with RADIANCE, and we were accredited with no deficiencies.
During the CAP inspection process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control procedures.
Most importantly," says Clark, "the level of our commitment to quality patient care throughout all facets of the laboratory and by all employees is demonstrated by zero Phase II deficiencies on the recent external CAP inspection, and zero deficiencies on FDA, FACT, and California inspections.
During the CAP inspection process, inspectors examine the laboratory's quality system and records.
A preliminary phone call could have saved us a headache during last year's CAP inspection.