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Phlebotomy Standards are not Static—CLSI Releases its 7th Edition of GP41, Collection of Diagnostic Venous Blood Specimens

Four years in the making, this revised standard features:
  • A reader friendly design in full color with more images, tables, and graphic elements.
  • Complete reorganization as a quality management systems document.
  • Information on trace elements tubes in regard to the order of draw.
  • Comprehensive sections on remedies for difficult collections.
  • Changes to what constitutes acceptable venipuncture sites.
  • Greater detail on patient ID and specimen labeling.
  • 149 new mandatory requirements for the venipuncture procedure.
This latest Standard was established by the consensus of some of the most highly respected authorities in the healthcare industry. Those healthcare facilities that base their blood collection procedure manual on this Standard can feel fairly certain they are 1) providing their patients with a standardized phlebotomy experience, 2) maintaining sample quality, 3) preventing patient injury and that 4) the test results released by the laboratory accurately reflect the patient’s health status. The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is not-for-profit membership organization.