Guidelines ensure phlebotomy is a safe and patient-centered procedure

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It offers guidance on the requirements for ensuring that blood collection is a safe and patient-centered procedure and provides practical guidance on how to successfully overcome potential barriers and obstacles to its widespread implementation” Simundic et al (2018).

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This document provides a joint recommendation for venous blood sampling of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) Working Group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE) and Latin American Working Group for Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE-LATAM) of the Latin America Confederation of Clinical Biochemistry (COLABIOCLI). It offers guidance on the requirements for ensuring that blood collection is a safe and patient-centered procedure and provides practical guidance on how to successfully overcome potential barriers and obstacles to its widespread implementation. The target audience for this recommendation are healthcare staff members directly involved in blood collection. This recommendation applies to the use of a closed blood collection system and does not provide guidance for the blood collection with an open needle and syringe and catheter collections. Moreover, this document neither addresses patient consent, test ordering, sample handling and transport nor collection from children and unconscious patients. 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: 1) Pre-sampling procedures, 2) Sampling procedure, 3) Post-sampling procedures and 4) Implementation. A first draft of the recommendation was circulated to EFLM members for public consultation. WG-PRE-LATAM was also invited to comment the document. A revised version has been sent for voting on to all EFLM and COLABIOCLI members and has been officially endorsed by 33/40 EFLM and 21/21 COLABIOCLI members. We encourage professionals throughout Europe and Latin America to adopt and implement this recommendation to improve the quality of blood collection practices and increase patient and workers safety.

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Simundic, A.M., Bölenius, K., Cadamuro, J., Church, S., Cornes, M.P., van Dongen-Lases, E.C., Eker, P., Erdeljanovic, T., Grankvist, K., Guimaraes, J.T., Hoke, R., Ibarz, M., Ivanov, H., Kovalevskaya, S., Kristensen, G.B.B., Lima-Oliveira, G., Lippi, G., von Meyer, A., Nybo, M., De la Salle, B., Seipelt, C., Sumarac, Z. and Vermeersch, P. (2018) Joint EFLM-COLABIOCLI Recommendation for venous blood sampling. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. July 13th. .

doi: 10.1515/cclm-2018-0602.

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