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Journal Article

Significant reduction in preanalytical errors for nonphlebotomy blood draws after implementation of a novel integrated specimen collection module.

Le RD, Melanson SEF, Petrides AK, et al. American journal of clinical pathology. 2016;146:456-61.

Laboratory errors, such as mislabeling, improper collection, or specimen loss, can lead to delays in diagnosis and the need for repeat procedures or blood draws. In this single institution study, implementing a custom-built specimen collection module led to a significant decrease in the rate of lab specimen collection and handling errors for blood samples drawn by nurses in both the emergency department and inpatient settings.