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Journal Article

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

Pathologists C of A, Valenstein PN, Raab SS, et al. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine. 2006;130:1106-13.

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.