Why blood samples are rejected and how to reduce the risk of error

Diagnosis and treatment can be delayed if the lab says a sample is unsuitable to process

Nurses frequently practise phlebotomy, but it’s still a clinical skill that needs to be kept up to date

  • Repeat sampling puts patients at risk of distress and delayed diagnosis – and it’s costly to services too
  • Straightforward tips for keeping your phlebotomy practice safe and robust
  • Read what to do if you or your patient are nervous about the procedure
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Phlebotomy – the drawing of blood – has been practised for centuries and remains ‘one of the most invasive procedures in health care’, according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines .

Today, analysing blood samples is a sophisticated and expensive business. It becomes even more costly when policy and procedures


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