Summary: The collection of venous blood is essential to obtain biological samples for performance of laboratory testing. Although there is widespread perception that this practice is simple and free of complications and side effects, it is undeniable that the vast majority of laboratory errors arises from ignorance, incompetence or negligence during venipuncture. It has hence become advisable to edit a document in simplified form of checklist, consisting of a concise but comprehensive list of activities to complete or verify, in order to prevent the onset of errors during venous blood collection. In the intention of authors and of the Italian societies of laboratory medicine, this synthetic checklist is a modular tool, adaptable to different local contexts, it can be easily and gradually implemented, is supported by scientific evidence and consensus of experts, has been created with the support of different healthcare professionals, is adherent to the best practices and requires minimal resources for implementation. It is reasonable to assume that this checklist may be able to withstand system and individual changes, strengthening the standards for safety of both operators and patients, limiting potential failure patterns. We also hope that the checklist may be implemented in all healthcare facilities where routine venous blood collection is performed, after adaptation to suit characteristics of local organization.
|Translated title of the contribution||Tentative checklist for venous blood collection|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana della Medicina di Laboratorio|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, medical
- Medical Laboratory Technology