Journal article

Preanalytical quality improvement: from dream to reality

Giuseppe Lippi, Jeffrey J Chance, Stephen Church, Paola Dazzi, Rossana Fontana, Davide Giavarina, Kjell Grankvist, Wim Huisman, Timo Kouri, Vladimir Palicka, Mario Plebani, Vincenzo Puro, Gian Luca Salvagno, Sverre Sandberg, Ken Sikaris, Ian Watson, Ana K Stankovic, Ana-Maria Simundic

Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine | WALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH | Published : 2011

Abstract

Abstract Laboratory diagnostics (i.e., the total testing process) develops conventionally through a virtual loop, originally referred to as "the brain to brain cycle" by George Lundberg. Throughout this complex cycle, there is an inherent possibility that a mistake might occur. According to reliable data, preanalytical errors still account for nearly 60%-70% of all problems occurring in laboratory diagnostics, most of them attributable to mishandling procedures during collection, handling, preparing or storing the specimens. Although most of these would be "intercepted" before inappropriate reactions are taken, in nearly one fifth of the cases they can produce inappropriate investigations an..

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