9913.20 Preventing Pre-Analytical Errors
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In partnership with the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc.

Description: Errors that collectors can introduce into specimens during collection, transportation, and storage that alter test results are detailed in this video. The effects of prolonged tourniquet time, order of draw, complications with IV fluids, exercise, and fasting are highly detailed and reflect the latest research and Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines. Additional topics include the effects of time, temperature, and delays in processing on test results.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement strategies to successfully obtain blood samples from patients in whom venous access is limited;
  • Discuss ways to overcome the obstacles to drawing blood samples successfully in a variety of situational challenges;
  • Associate the best selection of equipment and technique with patients presenting difficult drawing circumstances.


Author: Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT)

Director Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc.


PEP hours: 1.0

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz.

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