Patient Safety Focus: Pre-analytic Labeling Errors
MedSun: Newsletter #31, December 2008

By Erin Grimm, MD
American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Clinical Laboratory News

Mistransfusion of blood remains a serious patient safety issue, with the vast majority of mistransfusions resulting from avoidable errors at various points in the transfusion chain. These errors often result in death or major morbidity. But when using rigorous error detection methods these problems may be prevented. Such methods can include 24-hour phlebotomy teams and using bar-coded technology for patient and specimen identification.

Additional Information:

Patient Safety Focus: Pre-analytic Labeling Errors. By Erin Grimm, MD. American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Clinical Laboratory News. Volume 34, Number 10. October 2008.
http://www.aacc.org/publications/cln/2008/october/pages/1008_safety3.aspx


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