Assessment of pre-analytical errors in clinical laboratory at a tertiary care hospital of Southern India

Asha Patil, V. Saleena Ummer, M. Anju, Kiran Chawla, Mridula Madiyal, Mamatha, Thejaswini Prabhu

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Abstract

Background: Majority of the laboratory error occurs in the pre-analytical phase which affects the diagnostic accuracy. This study was done to examine the frequency of pre-analytical errors classify them and to identify quality indicators which will further help in minimizing the occurrence of errors. Method: A two-month study was done to identify the pre-analytical errors occurred in the microbiology laboratory from February 15th 2016 to April 15th 2016 (n= 42079). We documented the types and frequency of errors. Result: Improperly/Incompletely filled request form was the major pre-analytical error observed. The total percentage of pre-analytical errors observed was 0.9% Conclusion: Pre-analytical phase in clinical laboratories should be continuously monitored and should be avoided by proper application of quality control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-241
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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