Specimen Labeling & Tracking in the Ambulatory Setting
October 2017 - Vol. 6 No. 8 - Page #2

Q&A with Sherri Huber, MT(ASCP), CMQ/OE(ASQ)
President
Minnesota CLMA Chapter

MedicalLab Management: What are the most common specimen labeling errors in the ambulatory setting?

Sherri Huber: In our experience, specimen labeling errors in the ambulatory setting are similar to those in the inpatient setting. Labeling errors tend to plague those specimens collected outside of the laboratory; in ambulatory care, that is the exam room. Of those specimens collected in exam rooms, the most common labeling errors involve labeling the specimen with the wrong patient name. The primary reason for this is the placement of the order in the wrong patient’s chart during the visit.

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