Sample preparation

Sample preparation

The critical steps where mistakes occur

The initial procedures performed outside the clinical laboratory are the most error-prone; here, many challenges are putting at risk the overall quality of the collection, starting from the outreach centers (with possible uneven phlebotomy and professionals’ competences) and the diverse myriad of collection materials and process recommendations. According to literature, 65% of Clinical lab errors happen in this phase*.

The key points here include selection of blood collection tubes by types and colors, correct labelling, order of draw, tracking patient pre-collection conditions (e.g. fasting). Also, complex testing (e.g. glucose curves) require extra resources.

Moreover, centers are becoming more and more sensitive towards Quality & Compliance standards, that must be met in order to gain and maintain Certifications.

*Carraro, Plebani - Errors in a stat laboratory: types and frequencies 10 years later. Clin Chem. 2007 Jul

Discover Inpeco solutions for this phase

Inpeco desktop solution for assisting the phlebotomist in the drawing phase, checking PPID, ensuring the right label is perfectly applied on the right tube associated to the test and that the process is safely assisted. Ideal for drawing centers.
The benefits of ProTube assisting during the collection process, everywhere, anytime. A light handy device that assess PPID and provides printed labels through a light and compact printer. Ideal for small clinics or remote collections.
The complete Station solution, mounted on a smart cart, to bring the benefits of a safe collection point at patients’ bedside. Ideal for ICU and hospital detached specialties.