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Garbage in Equals Garbage out: Teaching the Importance of Specimen Quality and Integrity

From the 2022 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (recorded 3/14/2022)
Presented by Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

With decentralized phlebotomy, central processing, and total lab automation, a "garbage" collection can go unnoticed until we obtain "garbage" patient results. This session will review various preanalytical situations and potential patient consequences as a means for teaching the importance of specimen integrity.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify preanalytical factors that influence sample integrity
  • Discuss cases and scenarios to highlight potential adverse outcomes due to inappropriate sample collection
  • Advocate the role the Lab Professional plays in providing the right care for the right patient at the right time

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.