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Proficiency testing of creatine kinase and creatine kinase-2: the experience of the Ontario Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program



Proficiency testing of creatine kinase and creatine kinase-2: the experience of the Ontario Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program



Clinical Chemistry 44(1): 124-133



The Ontario Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program has regularly monitored the analytical performance of total creatine kinase (CK) (approximately 230 participants) and CK isoenzyme-2 (CK-MB) (approximately 160 participants) throughout the entire province. Consistently, a wide dispersion of results has been observed not only between different analyzer systems but also among identical analyzers. Accordingly, the results of the last three proficiency surveys for these analytes were examined statistically to establish both the extent of these variations and the range of values reported for the male upper reference ranges. The results of many of the analyzer systems were significantly different from each other, as were many of the reference ranges. This unsatisfactory situation may only be remedied by the use of reference materials as shown by others. The consequences of these findings also effect the reliability of epidemiological surveys such as the WHO MONICA Project (Circulation 1994;90:583-612), which monitors deaths due to heart disease and includes cardiac enzyme results in its criteria.

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