CEexpress 5: Prevent Pre-Analytic Errors

Number of Credits

1 P.A.C.E.®




Estelle Loxsom, BS MT(ASCP)SH,
Mina Harkins, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Course Details:

CEexpress 5 contains two articles about the impact of pre-analytic errors and how they can be prevented.
This CEexpress explores the incidence of laboratory errors and some of the reasons that errors occur frequently in the pre-analytic phase. The course focuses on the importance of proper test orders, specimen collection, and labeling to reduce and prevent pre-analytic errors in the laboratory. The requirements for the pre-analytic phase are discussed along with ways to meet the requirements.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Recognize reasons that pre-analytical errors occur
  • Describe requirements for test orders, proper patient identification, specimen collection, and labeling
  • Identify ways to reduce and prevent pre-analytical errors

This course has been approved for P.A.C.E.® credit. There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • Article 1: Only You Can Prevent Pre-Analytic Medical Errors! The Roadmap to Error-free Specimen Processing
  • Article 2: Checkpoints for Error-free Specimen Submission and Handling

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