Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 4
Evaluation of Preanalytical Phase Errors In Specimen Collection and Delivery In Pathology Laboratory
Zeynep Tosuner1
1Bezmialem Vakıf Üniversitesi, Patoloji, İstanbul, Türkiye DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.217 Objective: Specimen acceptance and rejection criteria are determined by the Turkish Ministry of Health and the Federation of Pathology Associations. An error occurring in specimen delivery can affect all the pathological operations and patient management. The purpose of this study is to determine the types of errors occurring in the preanalytical phase before sample accessioning and to reveal the sources of these errors.

Methods: Preanalytical identification and sample delivery errors that had been encountered between 2015-2017 in our pathology department were analysed.

Results: Twenty four intradepartmental errors concerning labeling and sample identification were recorded. A total of 49 extradepartmental errors including patient identity errors and failures occurring in the sample delivery phase were detected. All of these errors were noticed and corrected by staff working in the pathology laboratory.

Conclusion: A number of clinical departments are involved in specimen delivery to the pathology department. Pathology registry staff and the staff working in the sample sending units should be conscious of the specimen delivery rules and acceptance/rejection criteria in order to prevent the errors in the preanalytical period. Keywords : Pathology, preanalytical error, specimen delivery