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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This deceptively small and relatively thin book, despite its title focusing on quality and risk management, is actually a comprehensive guide to laboratory management for in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratories.
Purpose: The purpose is to create a "survival guide" for management of IVF laboratories. The authors together have 40 years of experience in this area. They have succeeded quite admirably in achieving their stated goal.
Audience: This book would be very useful for anyone involved in an IVF laboratory — all the way from bench level technologists, to medical directors, laboratory managers, risk managers, quality assurance personnel, etc. It is also an eye opener for anyone interested in laboratory management issues related to IVF laboratories.
Features: This small book contains 232 pages of valuable information. The 13 chapters cover basic aspects of laboratory management - e.g., descriptions and explanations of the various regulatory bodies governing laboratory testing (including IVF), a glossary defining regulatory terms, a discussion of the ISO 9001 quality system approach and of discussion of various risk management tools, human resource issues, etc. The authors have a remarkably accessible writing style - reading this was quite pleasurable and akin to reading a well written novel. Each chapter is embellished with specific examples or issues pertinent to IVF laboratories. In this regard, reading this book is quite enlightening about the historical underpinnings and the exposition of how IVF laboratories have evolved to their current practice today. When I skimmed through this book, I immediately thought that it was 1) an excellent book on laboratory management overall and 2) much broader in scope than quality or risk management (as narrowly implied by the title). I also think this would be a good book for anyone interested in learning laboratory management principles in general with an IVF laboratory twist.
Assessment: This is a really good book for learning about laboratory management. It is also a "must have" for IVF laboratories.