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Analysis of laboratory sample rejections in the pre-analytical stage at an oncology center

In Clinica Chimica Acta
Contributor(s): Kelkar R | Chavan P | Tiwari M | vivekbhat2005@yahoo.com | Bhat V.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 41 Issues 15-16.Publisher: 2012Description: 1203-1206.Subject(s): Microbiology | Biochemistry | Hematology | Pre-analytical | Sample rejections | DDC classification: In: Clinica Chimica ActaSummary: BACKGROUND: Effective patient management depends on the accuracy of laboratory results. Sample collection errors constitute an important reason for repeat collections. This study was conducted at the laboratory diagnostic services of a tertiary care oncology center with a hematopoietic stem cell transplant unit to determine the common causes of sample rejections and see the effects of corrective action. METHODS: A retrospective, intervention and prospective analysis of the samples rejected from the total samples received in our laboratories, during a nine month period from January to September 2011 was undertaken. Causes of sample rejections were determined and intervention in the form of training relevant staff was instituted. RESULTS: Out of 32,548 samples received during Jan-Sep 2011, 177 samples (0.54%) were rejected. The most common reasons for rejection in hematology and biochemistry areas were clotted blood specimen (51.2%), improperly labeled specimen containers (14.46%) and hemolyzed blood sa
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BACKGROUND: Effective patient management depends on the accuracy of laboratory results. Sample collection errors constitute an important reason for repeat collections. This study was conducted at the laboratory diagnostic services of a tertiary care oncology center with a hematopoietic stem cell transplant unit to determine the common causes of sample rejections and see the effects of corrective action.

METHODS: A retrospective, intervention and prospective analysis of the samples rejected from the total samples received in our laboratories, during a nine month period from January to September 2011 was undertaken. Causes of sample rejections were determined and intervention in the form of training relevant staff was instituted.

RESULTS: Out of 32,548 samples received during Jan-Sep 2011, 177 samples (0.54%) were rejected. The most common reasons for rejection in hematology and biochemistry areas were clotted blood specimen (51.2%), improperly labeled specimen containers (14.46%) and hemolyzed blood sa

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