What is Six Sigma?
Six Sigma began as a tool to minimize variation, improve manufacturing processes and institutionalize quality. It is a means to identify and remove errors or "defects" and reduce variability. A higher Sigma value means fewer errors. A Six Sigma product is one in which 99.99966% of results are error free [3.4 defects per million opportunities (DPMO)].
Can Six Sigma be applied to laboratory processes?
With increasing demands for improved accuracy and reliability of results, Six Sigma is gaining increased visibility in the clinical laboratory. Assay and instrument designers at Abbott understand the value of Six Sigma performance in the laboratory, and apply it to quantify performance on diagnostic systems. Abbott's Six Sigma promise translates into appropriate and robust quality control rules, improved patient care, physician satisfaction, and laboratory quality. As a result, your laboratory can maximize efficiency and control costs through fewer re-runs and work-arounds.
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- Quantify your performance and increase your confidence in results with Abbott's high Sigma metric assays, systems and solutions.
- Abbott solutions provide low variability resulting in consistent and reliable results for your laboratory, and greater assurance in patient outcomes.
- Abbott's convenient, easy-to-use products minimize operator intervention and overall costs through fewer work-arounds and re-runs.
|Stay on Target with Sigma Metrics
Familiarize yourself with the concepts of Six Sigma.
|Quality in the New Millennium
Comprehend the importance of Quality in today's environment.
|Six Sigma for the Lab: A Practical Way to Determine Performance (by Sten Westgard)
Understand the theoretical basis for the Sigma-metric assessment of analytical quality.
|Six Sigma Quality: 2010 AACC Workshop Video
Comprehend the concepts and best practices of Sigma-metric and relevance to clinical decision levels.
|ARCHITECT c4000 Alpha Site Evaluation
Have confidence in the family commonality of the ARCHITECT cSystems.
|ARCHITECT Photometric and Potentiometric Assay Evaluations
Value the performance of the ARCHITECT family of instruments.
|ARCHITECT Enzyme Assay Evaluations
Recognize the consistency in results throughout the ARCHITECT family of instruments.
|Consistent and Precise Performance Throughout Multiple Platforms
Be confident with Abbott's consistent results throughout multiple platforms.
|ARCHITECT Electrolyte Analysis
Help you maximize your laboratory's performance of the electrolytes using small sample volume.
|ARCHITECT ICT Use Life Response
Appreciate the same quality results with a stronger performance of the ICT (ISE) module.
|Bias(Trueness) for three ARCHITECT c Systems compared to Reference Methods
View comparability of results within a family of analyzers and have confidence in your laboratory methods.
|Quantitating Quality: Best Practices for Establishing the Sigma Metric (by Sten Westgard)
Learn the optimal use of Sigma metrics, from best practices for collecting the data, to the desirable implementation and operational implications of Sigma metrics.