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Plano, TX: Outcome Engenuity; July 2012.
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Michael Astion, MD, PhD ; December 2006
A man admitted to the hospital for elective surgery has blood drawn. Despite a policy for proper identification, the blood samples were all mislabeled with another patient's name. The error was discovered at the lab, and there was no harm to the patient.
Journal Article > Study
Significant reduction in preanalytical errors for nonphlebotomy blood draws after implementation of a novel integrated specimen collection module.
Le RD, Melanson SE, Petrides AK, et al. Am J Clin Pathol. 2016;146:456-461.
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.