Recommendations for the detection and management of critical results in clinical laboratories

Elisa Piva, Fiamma Balboni, Giuseppe Banfi, Graziella Bonetti, Massimo Daves, Alberto Dolci, Davide Farci Santarcangeli, Gabriel Lima-Oliveira, Giuseppe Lippi, Massimo Locatelli, Valentino Miconi, Martina Montagnana, Margherita Morandini, Paola Pezzati, Massimo Quercioli, Riccardo Tartaglia, Gian Luca Salvagno, Giulio Toccafondi, Davide Giavarina

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© 2018 Biomedia. All rights reserved. Critical results (also known as panic or alarm results) identify a laboratory test result associated with a serious risk for the patient's health, requiring immediate communication to the physician to establish appropriate therapeutic interventions. The adoption of an efficient procedure for the communication of critical values/results is crucial for clinical, ethical, organizational reasons, because it is a requirement for laboratory accreditiation and because of potential legal consequences related to the lack of notification of harmful laboratory results. In 2008, the Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (SIBioC) published its first consensus-based recommendation for the detection and management of critical values in clinical laboratories, with the aim to improve the implementation of standardized and universally accepted procedures, promoting an essential policy toward rational and efficient solutions to this issue. These new recommendations represent a complete review of the first document. Using the same consensus conference method between experts of scientific societies, the main aspects of clinical risk, patient safety and legal liability of health care workers were re-considered. The SIBioC and the Italian Society of Laboratory Medicine (SIPMeL), Intersociety Study Group on Standardization of extra-analytical variability of laboratory results, together with the Italian Society of Ergonomics and Human Factors (SIE) collaboration, issued the present join document.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-179
Number of pages13
JournalBiochimica Clinica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018


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