Procedure to Evaluate the Clinical Laboratory's Total Testing Processes that Impact Patient Safety

Clinical laboratory services are an integral component of the delivery of safe patient care. In order to continuously improve the safety of services provided, all laboratories should identify key measures and monitor their impact on patient safety as part of the laboratory's performance improvement activities.

The intent of this procedure is to standardize safety measures between organizations. Standardized measures will provide an opportunity for statistical benchmarking across the lab community. These benchmarks can then be used by healthcare organizations to establish realistic performance improvement goals, and ultimately improve patient safety.

Patient Safety Resources

Resource

 Links

 
Patient Safety Websites This document is a compendium of patient safety website resources put together by the ASCLS Patient Safety Committee  
Procedure to Evaluate the Clinical Laboratory's Total Testing Processes that Impact Patient Safety  Tools to standardize safety measures for statistical benchmarking   
Publications Find links to articles and publications about Patient Safety. Click here.  
Education Access online CE course on patient safety topics on ASCLS-CE.  

Patient Safety Tips/Tools

 Patient Safety Tools and Tips

The ASCLS Patient Safety Committee is developing Patient Safety Tips flyers for your use in providing testing information to your clients. We encourage you to customize, print (on two sides), and provide these flyers to your clients. To personalize, use the Word document and add your laboratory contact information at the bottom of page 2 of each flyer prior to printing.

Venipuncture Patient Safety Tips
Adobe pdf  
Word 2003
Spanish Version, Adobe pdf
Spanish Version, Word 2007
 Glucose Tolerance Test Patient Safety Tips 
Adobe pdf 
Word 2003
Spanish Version, Adobe pdf
Spanish Version, Word 2007
Hydrogen Breath Test Patient Safety Tips
Adobe pdf 
Word 2003 
Spanish Version, Adobe pdf
Spanish Version, Word 2007
 Fasting Patient Safety Tips
Adobe pdf 
Word 2003 
Spanish Version, Adobe pdf 
Spanish Version, Word 2003
24 Hour Urine Collection Patient Safety Tips
 
If you have technical problems with these formats, please contact the Patient Safety Committee.

 Personal Pocket Laboratory Guide

The ASCLS Patient Safety Committee has developed Personal Pocket Laboratory Guide tri-folds. We encourage you to personalize and print these cards and provide them to your clients. The tri-folds contain

  • tips for patients to safeguard their laboratory testing
  • a chart for them to track their laboratory test results
  • the LabTestsOnLine website address, for questions about laboratory tests

These pocket guides are designed to be personalized with your laboratory contact information. These should be edited by adding contact information in the center text box of side 1 prior to printing.

 The Personal Pocket Guide Tri-fold documents are available in the following formats; they are to be printed 2-sided:

Word 2007 (contains 3 tri-folds per page)
Adobe PDF (contains 3 tri-folds per page)
Publisher 2007 (contains 1 tri-fold per page)

Patient Safety

 

Purpose/Mission Track progress on various PSC projects including product, education and research strategies.

Patient Safety Tips Tools
Various customizable tools have been developed for laboratories to provide to their clients. These flyers can help patients understand various laboratory tests and test preparations, or track their laboratory testing results.

Patient Safety Resources
Publications, procedures, articles and websites devoted to patient safety.

 

 

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