KIMMS - Key Incident Management and Monitoring System

Pre- and Post- analytical errors are reported to account for up to 70% of errors in the Total Testing Cycle for Pathology. The KIMMS program is designed to monitor the Key Performance Indicators, or Quality Indicators, for the pre- and post-analytical areas. The pre-analytical area’s covered include Patient Identification, Collection, Transport, Storage and within-laboratory non-analytical errors, while the post-analytical area’s covered are incorrect reports released and reports sent to incorrect doctors. Turn around time failure rate is used as a QI for the total testing cycle. Other pre- and post-analytical areas are reviewed through one-off “audit surveys”, which are run 4 times per year. Reports are produced on a regular basis, and results discussed at bi-yearly workshops.

KIMMS – base fee (1st or single organisation’s enrolment)

KIMMS (Key Incident Monitoring & Management System) monitors the pre- & post-analytical phase of the laboratory quality system & is designed to provide pathology practices with the tools for continuous measurement & monitoring of key incident quality indicators. No samples are provided. Participants are asked to collect specific data from their LIS system and enter it online. See RCPA Data Analysis and assessment criteria handbook for the data to collect.

Frequency / Number of samples

year / 4 surveys

Tests

Pre-Analytical – Identification Incidents, Pre- Analytical – Collection and Transport Incidents, Pre-Analytical – Laboratory Incidents, Post-Analytical

KIMMS – location fee (additional organisation’s KIMMS enrolments)

KIMMS (Key Incident Monitoring & Management System) monitors the pre- & post-analytical phase of the laboratory quality system & is designed to provide pathology practices with the tools for continuous measurement & monitoring of key incident quality indicators. No samples are provided. The “KIMMS – location fee” product is for secondary site/organisation KIMMS enrolments, i.e. where an organisation has an existing enrolment in the “KIMMS – base fee” program.

Frequency / Number of samples

year / 4 surveys

Tests

Pre-Analytical – Identification Incidents, Pre- Analytical – Collection and Transport Incidents, Pre-Analytical – Laboratory Incidents, Post-Analytical