Labquality is announcing a new EQA scheme for Preanalytics of Pneumatic Sample Transport. Sample haemolysis is the primary cause of blood sample rejection, accounting for 40-80% of all preanalytical errors; an unknown but often significant amount of haemolysis originates in transport. According to the preanalytical quality indicators established by IFCC, the number of samples rejected due to haemolysis should be monitored on regular basis. This new EQA scheme predicts haemolysis related to transport as well as analyte-specific rejection probabilities for K+, LDH and AST by using a surrogate blood sample that measures vibration.
The scheme is intended for medical laboratories using pneumatic tube systems for blood sample transportation. Round 1, 2021 in May-June 2021, measuring the transport line from the emergency department to the laboratory, will be a pilot study free of charge for a limited number of participants (excluding postage fee for returning the VitalVials to Labquality). Round 2, 2021 in November will be chargeable offering measurements of up to three transport lines. Registration includes participation in both rounds.
Samples: 2 VitalVials surrogate blood samples
Distribution: 1, 2021 May – June – pilot study free of charge
2, 2021 November – for pricing please contact your local distributor or
Labquality’s customer service
Registration: Registration has ended and will be open again in the fall.