Home Products Most Popular Contact
No items in your cart.
The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Medical Error Prevention: Patient Safety. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

Learn more about Medical Error Prevention: Patient Safety (online CE course) »
How to Subscribe
MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package
Includes 123 CE courses, most popular
$95 Add to cart
Pick Your Courses
Up to 8 CE hours
$50 Add to cart
Florida HIV Safety, Medical Errors & Laws and Rules$40 Add to cart
Histology CE Package$65 Add to cart
Phlebotomy CE Package$55 Add to cart
Individual course$20 Add to cart

Clinical Laboratory Services and Timeliness

Timeliness of clinical laboratory services is customarily evaluated by monitoring test turnaround time (TAT). TAT is usually defined as the period of time between test order receipt and test reporting. However, this definition underestimates TAT, since non-analytical activities may have a much larger impact on timeliness than laboratory analytical activities. For example, in the emergency depatrment, delay in review of results by clinicians can greatly impact timeliness of patient treatment. Therefore, a more useful definition of TAT is the interval between when a test is ordered and the time a treatment decision is made.