Preanalytical quality improvement. In pursuit of harmony, on behalf of European Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE).

@article{Lippi2015PreanalyticalQI,
  title={Preanalytical quality improvement. In pursuit of harmony, on behalf of European Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE).},
  author={Giuseppe Lippi and Giuseppe Banfi and Stephen Church and Michael P Cornes and Gabriella De Carli and Kjell Grankvist and Gunn B B Kristensen and Mercedes Ibarz and Mauro Panteghini and Mario Plebani and Mads Nybo and Stuart Smellie and Martina Zaninotto and Ana-Maria Simundic},
  journal={Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={53 3},
  pages={357-70}
}
Laboratory diagnostics develop through different phases that span from test ordering (pre-preanalytical phase), collection of diagnostic specimens (preanalytical phase), sample analysis (analytical phase), results reporting (postanalytical phase) and interpretation (post-postanalytical phase). Although laboratory medicine seems less vulnerable than other clinical and diagnostic areas, the chance of errors is not negligible and may adversely impact on quality of testing and patient safety. This… CONTINUE READING
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