Journal Article
Study

Identification errors involving clinical laboratories: a College of American Pathologists Q-Probes study of patient and specimen identification errors at 120 institutions.

College of American Pathologists; CAP; Valenstein PN; Raab SS; Walsh MK.

The investigators analyzed information on misidentified laboratory specimens and found that such errors are common. Most errors are detected prior to results being communicated and are rarely associated with adverse patient incidents.