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Laboratory Specimen Collection and Labeling

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Learning Objectives

  • State the significance of laboratory accrediting agencies
  • Explain proper patient identity protocols
  • State the significance of collected volume
  • Explain the effects of contaminated blood cultures
  • Support proper specimen collection
  • Identify properly labeled specimens

Course Description

This course orients learners to proper specimen collection and labeling procedures.

Did You Know...

  • Specimen labeling errors have long plagued the laboratory industry, putting patients at risk of transfusion-related death, medication errors, misdiagnosis, and patient mismanagement.
  • It has been estimated that >160000 adverse patient events occur each year in the US because of patient or specimen identification errors involving the laboratory.
  • Eleven percent of all transfusion deaths occur as a result of the phlebotomist not properly identifying the patient or mislabeling a tube of blood.
  • A 2009 Q-Probes study found the rate of tube mislabeling of blood bank samples to be 1.12%.

Course at a Glance

target audience icon Target Learners:

Nurses, Patient Care Technicians, Certified Nursing Assistants

time to complete icon Average Completion Time:

20–30 Minutes

contributor icon Co-development Partner(s):

Texas Health Resources

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