Intravenous news: The BBC report “Scientists say doctors need better training to avoid mistakes in blood samples taken in hospital A& departments. The warning from the Association for Clinical Biochemistry follows an audit at Birmingham City Hospital.
The trust has put in place extra training, but the ACB says this is a problem across the UK. The College of Emergency Medicine says it is essential that staff use the right technique to collect blood. Blood test results are often key to assessing patients when they arrive in A&E. But staff are frequently working under extreme pressure. The ACB is worried that this contributes to errors when they take blood samples. The concerns are highlighted by the Birmingham audit of samples collected by a range of junior doctors and nurses.”