Reducing errors and performance improvement are standard practices within the laboratory industry. We are asked to examine the Total Testing Process, consisting of the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of laboratory testing. But what if we drill down and focus only on the sub process of phlebotomy, to examine variables in pre-collection, collection, and post-collection within phlebotomy? This session will focus on identifying where errors may occur and how errors can be prevented within the total testing process of phlebotomy.
Identify the factors that influence pre-analytical variables in specimen collection, processing, and handling.
Identify pre-analytical sources of error.
Describe the impact on established guidelines, procedures, and techniques for proper venipuncture, specimen collection, processing, and handling.