Ann Nurs Primary Care | Volume 1, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Role of Nursing Personnel in Laboratory Testing

Rateesh Sareen1*, Akanksha Dutt2

1Consultant Pathology, SDM Hospital, Jaipur, India
2Consultant Anesthesiology, Khandaka Hospital, Jaipur, India

*Correspondance to: Rateesh Sareen 

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In modern medicine, doctors rely heavily on diagnostic testing to assist them with patient management, making or excluding diagnosis and implementing an appropriate treatment plan. It is therefore important that the laboratory produces quality test results. As laboratory testing errors mainly occur outside the analytical process, they are likely to span the current branches or subspecialties of laboratory medicine, including clinical biochemistry, hematology, coagulation, immunometric and molecular biology. Inappropriateness of the samples especially due to blood drawing errors generally occurs when the blood samples are drawn by nurses whose experiences and training are not sufficient for blood drawing in clinics comparing to the phlebotomists who are a group of more stable staff. Inappropriate laboratory utilization ultimately increases healthcare costs, harms patients and perpetuates the vision of laboratory testing as a commodity. The paper highlights the various factors affecting laboratory results some that can be controlled by training and learning while others that arise out of biological variations thus non modifiable.


Preanalytical errors; Nursing training; Phlebotomy


Sareen R, Dutt A. Role of Nursing Personnel in Laboratory Testing. Ann Nurs Primary Care. 2018; 1(1): 1004.

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