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Preventing Preanalytical Errors (CE)

Course Format: Online Video
Course Credit Type: CE
Course Credit: 1.00
Course Category: *Medical Laboratory Science
Course Cost: $57.00
Course Release Date: January 01, 2010
Course Expiration Date: March 24, 2018
Program Summary: Specimen collection errors can lead to serious consequences to the patient including over-medication, under-medication, mismanagement, misdiagnosis, even patient death. These negative consequences can only be prevented by healthcare personnel who realize how critical their blood collection technique is to the accuracy of the results. Topics covered include the proper order of draw, minimizing specimen hemolysis, drawing blood during the infusion of IV fluids, specimen stability, the effects of exercise, posture, prolonged tourniquet application, and much more. Highly detailed and painstakingly researched to reflect the latest Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines. Features include:
  • eye-popping 3D graphic animation of hemoconcentration;
  • detailed information on patient identification, the effects of prolonged tourniquet time, the order of draw, complications with IV fluids, and much more;
  • precautions against relying on arm bracelets not attached to the patient;
  • an opportunity to earn 1.0 hour of ASCLS P.A.C.E.® continuing education credit;
  • consistent with the most recent CLSI venipuncture standard, H3-A6 (revised November, 2007);
After watching this video,viewers will be able to:
  • identify preanalytical errors that can significantly alter results;
  • state the revised CLSI order of draw;
  • discuss the mechanisms of hemolysis;
  • discuss considerations for drawing specimens during IV infusion;
  • state the acceptable means of patient identification according to CLSI standards... and much more.
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