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The preanalytical process in the emergency department, a european survey

Abstract: Objectives Clinical decision-making in emergency medicine is under constant pressure from demand and performance requirements, with blood tests being a fundamental part of this. However, the preanalytical process has received little attention. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the quality of preanalytical phase processes in European emergency departments (EDs) from the perspectives of the three main providers: clinicians, nurses, and laboratory specialists. Methods This online survey, distributed among European EDs and laboratories, was supported by the European Society for Emergency Nursing (EUSEN), European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM), and the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM). The size of the centres, the European region, the responder?s profession and the country?s economic condition were used as co-variables. Results We included 376 responses from all ED-related professions from 306 European centres. In 66.9% of all ED visits, at least one blood test was performed. Tests were requested mostly by nurses (44.6%) using electronic Order/Entry systems (65.4%). Only a minority (19%) reported not using laboratory quality indicators (QIs). Most responders defined the TAT starting point ?when the laboratory receives the sample? (66.1%), defining the goal to be ?less than 60 min? (69.9%), but only 42.4% of the centres estimated achieving this goal. Conclusions Our survey illustrates the current situation on preanalytical blood sample processing in European EDs from the clinical and laboratory perspectives. The results emphasise the importance of the IT infrastructure and QI usage in this process and highlight some differences between European regions.

 Fuente: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine vol. 61, no. 1, 2023, pp. 93-103

Editorial: Walter de Gruyter

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2023

Nº de páginas: 10

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1515/cclm-2022-0581

ISSN: 1434-6621,1437-4331

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2022-0581