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Standards FAQ Details


Two Patient Identifiers - Laboratory Not Accredited By The Joint Commission
Modify | April 11, 2016
NPSG.01.01.01 EP 2 says "Containers used for blood and other specimens are labeled in the presence of the patient." Our hospital is Joint Commission accredited but we have another accrediting agency for our lab. Does this requirement apply to us?

Yes. For any specimen collection that occurs in an accredited organization, NPSG.01.01.01 applies. Pre-labeling of specimen containers, also known as batch processing, is a common approach which is assumed to improve efficiency but can increase the risk for patient/treatment/specimen mis-identification. Pre-labeling can be done on a patient-specific basis, but if not performed in the presence of the patient it will not be acceptable under this requirement

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