Bangalore: It is estimated that 70-85 per cent of clinical decisions are based upon information derived from laboratory test results so ensuring optimal sample quality is crucial to the patient, clinician and the efficiency of any hospital, according to BD India.
In its endeavour to stay aligned with emerging trends and customer needs, BD India organised a seminar on ‘Safety and quality improvement in laboratory medicine’ in Bangalore on February 18.
According to BD, the seminar was attended by eminent pathology experts including Dr Elizabeth Frank, director, Biochem Diagnostics Laboratory, Mysore who spoke on the pre-analytical challenges.
Dr Swati Pai, consultant haemato-pathologist and lead assessor-NABL (National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories), Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore emphasized on the quality assurance in laboratory practices.
According to BD India, clinical laboratories, like other parts of the healthcare system, are striving to provide high-quality services in the face of ever-shrinking resources and increasing regulatory demands.
Lab directors and managers are viewing the pre-analytical phase of laboratory testing as a critical area for improvement that can drive not only better patient care and satisfaction, but also productivity gains and cost savings.
While quality, effectiveness and impact on outcomes continue to emerge as value-added services for the laboratories, a comprehensive quality control programme, along with pre-analytical awareness and training can prove to be valuable tools to improve specimen quality and subsequently patient care.
Good practices and compliance can significantly reduce errors and laboratory costs. It is well realized by laboratory experts that pre-analytical errors can contribute to costs by impacting:
- Quality of Patient Care – erroneous medical diagnosis, and delayed results
- Safety – needle-stick injuries to patients or staff
- Time – increased turnaround times and repeat sample collections
- Resources and Budget – staff and equipment
- Reputation – with patients and fellow colleagues
Dr Ana Stankovic, world wide vice president, medical affairs, BD Diagnostics – Pre-analytical Systems, elaborated on the importance of pre-analytical processes in achieving quality healthcare and the role of BD Laboratory Consulting Services.
She said, “Laboratories today are increasingly taking initiatives to improve patient care. BD can help identify the problem areas in a laboratory and show the benefits from overall improvements gained in sample quality, workflow, turnaround time, patient safety and employee satisfaction.”