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Identification errors involving clinical laboratories: a College of American Pathologists Q-Probes study of patient and specimen identification errors at 120 institutions.
Valenstein PN, Raab SS, Walsh MK. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2006;130:1106-1113.
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.