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Control Charts

Paulo António Rodrigues Pereira

Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation


Control Chart Basics Risk-assessment Samples Representativeness Reliability Capability Indexes Chart Type Six Sigma Vision Waste Minimization Process Improvement DMAIC Healthcare Control Charts

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Control charts, also referred to as process-behavior charts, can be viewed as a statistical process control (SPC) tool intended to inform about the stability of a manufacturing or business process. Their initial conception is attributed to Walter A. Shewhart, physicist, engineer, and statistician mostly recognized for their pioneer role in quality control for the Bell Labs and Western Electric. An adequate sampling technique is critical for a powerful statistical evaluation. The control charts permit the control of processes over time, required rules for detecting signals of significant variation, such as the Western Electric rules, the Wheeler rules, and the Nelson rules in most of industry and business. However, some other specific fields adapted these rules, such as the Westgard rules for medical laboratory tests. There are several types of charts, usually for variables and attributes. The type selection is again critical for a consistent and reliable quality control methodology. So, the type of chart must fit the purpose of the control. Not only in-control and out-of-control signals must be detected. Trends and any other signal that is related to a risk of non-conforming performance are important to be recognized. Correction-action / preventive action should be implemented. Capability indexes, including sigma-metrics, are complementary to control charts. They express in an index the process stability. Close to the last 35 years that part of the industry and business quality control are based on a Lean-Six Sigma vision. Control charts have an important role in the successful practice of these models, including in the minimization of waste within a manufacturing process or process improvement.

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Paulo António Rodrigues Pereira

Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation

Dr. Pereira received his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Catholic University of Portugal. He has been recruited as a quality and laboratory expert for seminars and professional laboratory meetings throughout Europe, Africa, and South America. 23+ years of experience in the medical laboratory, having held key scientific leadership roles: 13+ years as a senior researcher 8+ years as a consultant of a metrology laboratory based on ISO/IEC 17025 specifications and related standards 17+ years as a consultant and auditor of quality management systems based on ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 17025, and ISO 15189 standards 16+ years as a quality manager in the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation, including national coordination over 6+ years 6+ years as a teacher of quality assurance Dr. Pereira is the author of several peer-review scientific articles, indexed book chapters and indexed books' Editor. He serves as a member of several Editorial Boards.

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