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Most laboratory errors happen outside the lab, ECRI report finds
Modern Healthcare

Laboratory errors don’t necessarily originate in the lab itself, contrary to what many hospitals might think, according to a new ECRI Institute patient-safety report studying the impact of lab-testing errors in the clinical setting. This misperception can have serious consequences because those who work outside the laboratory may not recognize their role in the issue, the report warned.

“Organizations that reported events for this analysis often misrepresented these incidents as originating in the laboratory,” the study said. “As organizations work to identify solutions to prevent laboratory errors, they must first overcome the misperceptions and misunderstandings about laboratory testing.”