Contributing lab leader: Joe El-Khoury, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, FACBs
In this LabLeaders Webinar, Joe El-Khoury, Ph.D., DABCC, FAACC, FACB, shared important, applicable information about pre-analytical errors and their effect on clinical laboratory medicine.
The root causes of pre-analytical errors were identified as order entry, patient preparation, specimen collection and processing, transportation, and storage. Dr. El-Khoury provided valuable insights on managing these pre-analytical errors. Additionally, he presented strategies for preventing analytical errors so your lab can provide patients with more accurate and timely results.
Patient safety remains a top priority in healthcare and laboratory diagnostics. While laboratory errors can happen in both pre and post-analytical stages, it was found that up to 75% of all errors occur before the specimen arrives in the lab.
The International Standard Organization (ISO) created more detailed guidelines for medical laboratories, that provide requirements for quality and competence in the pre-analytical phase. Including quality control procedures in your lab can help reduce analytical errors in laboratory testing.