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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 157-159

Quality indicators in laboratory medicine: A fundamental tool for quality and patient safety


1 Depatment of Biochemistry, Central Lab, AMRI Hospitals, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India
3 Depatment of Biochemistry, Clinical Laboratory, Satribari Christian Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India

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Dr. Pradeep Sharma
AMRI Hospitals, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jms.jms_18_17

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Human error in medicine does exist and is a profound challenge. When seeking to solve any problem, the problem must first be described and the factors contributing to it be identified. Laboratory testing, a highly complex process commonly called the total testing process (TTP), is usually subdivided into three traditional (pre-, intra-, and post-) analytical phases. The majority of errors in TTP originate in the preanalytical phase, being due to individual or system design defects. Quality indicators represent valuable tools for quantifying the quality of selected aspects of care by comparing it against a defined criterion.


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