Goal Zero: Eliminating mislabeled specimens in the emergency department
Author DetailsMichele Samsa, BSN, RN, CEN; Tracie Henderson, MED, BSN, RN, CEN
Lead Author AffiliationMercy Health, Saint Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, Boardman, Ohio, United States
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This emergency department (ED) noticed an increase in misidentified laboratory specimens noted to be the highest in our hospital region. Misidentified specimens can result in misdiagnosis, medication errors and repeat laboratory (Lab) specimen collection with a direct impact on patient comfort, nurse workload and increased cost can result. This project was developed as a quality improvement project aimed at reducing misidentified laboratory specimens and promote patient safety.