Journal Article

Patient identification and tube labelling—a call for harmonisation.

van Dongen-Lases EC; Cornes MP; Grankvist K; Ibarz M; Kristensen GB; Lippi G; Nybo M; Simundic AM; Working Group for Preanalytical Phase; WG-PRE; European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine; EFLM.

Specimen labeling errors can result in patient misidentification and harm. This position paper draws from international guidelines to advocate for standardizing the processes involved in phlebotomy to reduce the potential for both patient and sample labeling errors. The authors recommend strategies for improvement including barcoding, staff training, and monitoring of mistakes to inform process enhancements.