A novel approach to managing hemolyzed specimens.

Lester Pretlow, Shamala Johnson, Barbara Russell, Bridget Evans

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Abstract

Hemolyzed specimens continue to cost the laboratory time and money. However, the core laboratory at Georgia Regents Health System, Inc. has instituted a novel approach to managing this problem. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the laboratory's new approach had a significant impact on the turn-around time (TAT) and cost of processing hemolyzed and non-hemolyzed specimens in the laboratory. The investigators queried the laboratory information systems for hemolyzed and non-hemolyzed specimens categorized as routine or STAT from the core laboratory and calculated statistical differences between the groups with respect to TAT and cost.The investigators found a statistically significant difference in the time it takes to process STAT hemolyzed specimens versus non-hemolyzed specimens with the new approach. Because of the new approach, hemolyzed specimens were actually processed as fast as, or faster than non-hemolyzed specimens in the core laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-157
Number of pages5
JournalClinical laboratory science : journal of the American Society for Medical Technology
Volume26
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2013

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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