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Specimen Campaign Toolkit
Laboratory testing provides essential information used by providers in medical decision making with an estimated 60–70% of these decisions based on laboratory test results. Patient safety events involving specimens can be precursors to serious mistakes, including diagnostic errors and inappropriate treatments. While mix-ups and mishaps do happen in laboratories, literature suggests that the majority of specimen events actually occur outside the lab. In fact, errors occurring in the Pre-analytical Phase of testing, like mislabeling and inaccurate patient identification, account for 68.2% of all specimen events.
The good news is that specimen errors are believed to be highly preventable, and effective interventions based on strong policies, clear feedback, and relevant education do not need to be resource intensive. After analyzing nearly 3,000 specimen events collected over four years, American Data Network Patient Safety Organization noted that 77% of specimen incidents either almost certainly or likely could have been prevented.
Thus, ADNPSO conducted a Specimen Focused Study in order to positively impact Patient Care, Satisfaction, Quality/Safety and Finance. The study was designed to help healthcare professionals, both inside and outside the laboratory, better understand why specimen events happen and how they can collaborate to decrease errors across the testing process.
This toolkit includes many of the materials developed by ADNPSO for participants in the study.
Specimen Study Blueprint Checklist
Anatomy of a Specimen Error Infographic
Detailed Process Maps for Every Phase in the Specimen Process
Press Release Template
Specimen Study Reference List
Specimen Study Information Sheet
Event Reporting Application Information Sheet
About American Data Network
Since 1994, we’ve made it our mission to be the company you can trust to understand your healthcare quality and patient safety needs and to develop customized solutions and services to meet them. Our clients include hospitals from all across the country, ranging in size from 10 beds to 800. Our suite of services and data applications, which are consistently updated to meet ever-changing guidelines, includes: a Core Measures & Registries Data Abstraction Service, a Core Measures Application, a Quality Assurance Communication Application for patient safety event and risk management, a Clinical Benchmarking System, and Performance Reporting System.