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Managing the patient identification crisis in healthcare and laboratory medicine.

Lippi G, Mattiuzzi C, Bovo C, et al. Managing the patient identification crisis in healthcare and laboratory medicine. Clin Biochem. 2017;50(10-11):562-567. doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2017.02.004.

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March 22, 2017
Lippi G, Mattiuzzi C, Bovo C, et al. Clin Biochem. 2017;50(10-11):562-567.

Patient identification mistakes associated with diagnostic blood testing can have serious consequences. This commentary recommends several strategies to redesign laboratory processes to reduce risks of specimen misidentification, such as utilizing at least two patient identifiers, providing staff training, and using technologies to track and manage specimens.

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Lippi G, Mattiuzzi C, Bovo C, et al. Managing the patient identification crisis in healthcare and laboratory medicine. Clin Biochem. 2017;50(10-11):562-567. doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2017.02.004.