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CAP Today




August 2010
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Topics and practices under study to date

What are effective interventions/ practices for reducing patient specimen and/or test result identification errors?

  • Bar-coding systems
  • Point-of-care bar-coding systems

What practices are effective for timely and accurate communication of laboratory critical test results to responsible/licensed caregivers?

  • Automated notification
  • Call center

What practices are effective for reducing blood culture contamination?

  • Dedicated phlebotomy
  • Venipuncture
  • Commercial prep kits

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