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Patient-Centered Preanalytic Component of Total Testing Process

Clinical laboratory test information is only as good as the sample collected. Providing education regarding the hows and whys of the process is respectful to the patient; it will improve sample integrity and may prevent medical errors. To enhance the patient-centered test process, allow time:
  • For patients to ask questions
  • To share information that is important to the sample collection process
  • To describe post-venipuncture self-care information
This will enhance the patient-centered focus of clinical laboratory services.