Garbage In, Garbage Out
Preanalytical error is unwelcome in all labs – but in the clinic it can delay diagnoses or even cost lives. Here, we share lessons learned from a pathologist pushing for greater awareness of the issue in medicine.
Carolyn Compton |
Error. It’s a subject no physician (or researcher, or analyst) wants to think about, especially when it comes to their ownpractice. And yet errors still occur.
Research is still irreproducible; clinical tests still show false positives and false negatives; results still sometimes make no sense at all. Why? In the medical laboratory, at least, the problems may not be integral to the test itself – rather, they may arise from the way a sample was treated before it ever underwent testing: the preanalytical phase.
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