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Pre-analytic Error

One member thinks that pre-analytic errors should not be considered lab errors, and should instead be designated as prelab errors. A couple respondents argued against this, however, because pre-analytic errors do include errors by lab staff, such as adding a test to the wrong patient sample. Another respondent also suggested that it would have a greater impact on quality to identify trends involving non-lab vs. lab errors in both the pre- and post-analytical phases, as this enables labs to better pinpoint both causes of error and solutions.


LC-MS/MS Troubleshooting for the Clinical Lab

Sign up for this AACC certificate program to learn more about the resolution of technical issues with HPLC and mass spectrometry hardware, as well as about related mass spec assay troubleshooting and assay maintenance.


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