Journal Article

Blood sampling guidelines with focus on patient safety and identification—a review.

Cornes M, Ibarz M, Ivanov H, et al. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany). 2019;6:33-37.

Common blood sample errors, such as mislabeling or patient misidentification, can contribute to diagnostic delays. This review highlights the importance of using open-ended questions to gather information from patients and suggests that specimens be labeled with the patient present to ensure accurate verification. A WebM&M commentary explored problems associated with mislabeled blood samples.