Sample preparation

Sample preparation

The critical steps where mistakes occur

The initial procedures performed outside the clinical laboratory are the most error-prone. There are many challenges that put the overall quality of the collection at risk, starting from the outreach centers (with possible uneven phlebotomy and staff with different professional skills) and the hundreds of different collection materials and process recommendations. According to literature, 65% of Clinical lab errors happen in this phase*.

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

Moreover, centers are becoming more and more aware of compliance with Quality & Compliance standards, which is needed to obtain and maintain Certifications.

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

Learn about Inpeco solutions for this phase

Inpeco's solution for assisting phlebotomists in the draw phase, assessing correct Patient ID and selecting the right tube, applying labels perfectly, checking for correct blood volume, recording collection time and conditions.
Also available for point-of-care collection.