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Preanalytics scheme for personnel that do phlebotomy and use point of care devices

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Free trial for laboratory personnel involved in drawing samples (phlebotomy)
Did you know that the chores performed before the actual measurement of the sample may influence the patient’s test result? Factors such as use of correct tubes, proper specimen collection and accurate patient identification establish a crucial part of the laboratory testing phase. These errors are often invisible and may be impossible to discover later in the testing process.

Participate in the trial and see if you are able to find preanalytical errors



Case is suitable for specimen collection (phlebotomy) personnel.

Trial case results


  1. Read through the real life case descriptions and see which preanalytical errors you find

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The phlebotomist invites the patient into the blood-sampling room and asks  her   to sit down on the venipuncture chair. The phlebotomist asks for the patient's ID card and verifies her ID/ social security number by having the patient call it out. The phlebotomist then finds the patient's test request in the laboratory's information system with requests for P-INR, P-K, P-Na, P-Chol, fP-Glucose, and S-Vitamin-25(OH)D. The phlebotomist asks if the patient has been fasting for the past 12 hours. The patient replies that she has followed the fasting instructions received from the clinic.

The phlebotomist asks the patient to move up her sleeve and fastens the tourniquet around the patient's arm. The phlebotomist feels for the vein and looks for a site suitable for venipuncture. She decides to use a winged blood collection set because the patient's veins seem quite small. The phlebotomist selects an appropriate site for puncture and retightens the tourniquet. Thereafter she disinfects the puncture site and allows it to dry well. At puncture the needle is inserted into the vein and blood starts to flow into the INR tube.

The phlebotomist follows the standard operating procedures of her unit on the order the samples are drawn. She loosens the tourniquet once the filling of the last tube starts.  After the last tube has been removed from the holder, the phlebotomist removes the needle from the vein. She asks the patient to press on a gauze pad for a few minutes to apply pressure on the site of puncture. The phlebotomist inquires about the patient's condition to which the patient replies that everything is well.

Specimen collection (phlebotomy)

Which pre-analytical errors did you find?

The case may include none or several pre-analytical errors.


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