Reducing Specimen Labeling Errors
According to the College of American Pathologists (CAP), approximately 169,000 adverse events occur in U.S. hospitals annually due to specimen identification errors.
To improve collection compliance among the newborn infant population by installing a new, more failsafe process.
Method & Implementation:
In 2016, MUSC’s Labor and Delivery department (L&D) made the decision to add a second independent sample requirement and then piloted their Cord Blood Collection Kit—a kit that would be kept in the patient’s room that provided a clear storage bag, a specimen tube designated for cord blood use only, and a red bio-hazard bag for the delivery of the specimen.
After rolling out the new kits, MUSC saw a 93% decrease in cord blood specimen labeling errors.