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Pre-examination/Pre-analytical Variables in Laboratory Testing

Presented by Kathleen Finnegan MS, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)SH CM

Pre-examination variables play a key roll in the quality of specimens that are obtained for laboratory testing. The pre-examination process is an important step for the accuracy of laboratory results which impact patient safety and the quality care given. Guidelines for collecting quality samples is essential because acceptance of improper specimens for analysis may lead to erroneous laboratory results.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Describe pre-examination variables and their affect on laboratory testing.
  2. Discuss phlebotomy procedures to increase the overall quality of specimen collection.
  3. Determine how to reduce pre-analytical variables and specimen rejection.

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.