European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working Group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE): Recommendation for venous blood sampling

Speaker: Zorica Šumarac (SRB)
Moderator: Anna Maria Simundic (HR)

Date: 27th February 2018 at 18:00 CET

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European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working Group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE) as the leading professional entity involved in preanalytical phase, has provided a document named European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working Group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE): Recommendation for venous blood sampling. The aim of this document is to provide a simple, condensed, risk and evidence based recommendation for venous blood sampling. The current document provides a comprehensive overview of the most critical steps for a standardized blood collection procedure and practical guidance on how to successfully overcome potential barriers and obstacles to its widespread implementation. In addition to  specialists in laboratory medicine, the authors of this document are representatives of national nursing associations, hospital nurses, phlebotomists and representatives of manufacturers of blood collection systems. The recommended procedure is based on the best available evidence. Each step was graded using a system that scores the quality of the evidence and the strength of the recommendation. The process of grading was done at several face-to-face meetings involving the same mixture of stakeholders stated previously. The main parts of this recommendation are: pre-sampling procedures, sampling procedure, post-sampling procedures and implementation. 

The aim of the webinar is to present this document and to give recommendations for its  successful implementation in practice, such as establishing a system of certification of staff involved in the blood sampling procedure, organizing continuous education, auditing and re-training for all staff members, implementation of quality indicators and others. 

With this objective, EFLM WG PRE has prepared the following tools for the implementation of this recommendation: a power point presentation, a video describing the entire procedure, a knowledge test to assess the level of knowledge and raise awareness of the staff prior and after the education, a checklist for auditing the blood sampling procedure during periodical observational audits and posters with a cartoon describing the entire procedure.