Table. 2.

Status of laboratory samples from medical clinics in Jeju island before delivery to the referral laboratory centers (blood collection methods and equipment)

Questionnaire results No. (%)
Blood collector
RN 60/141 (42.6)
LPN 25/141 (17.7)
MLT 22/141 (15.6)
RN/LPN 22/141 (15.6)
RN/MLT 5/141 (3.5)
RN/doctor 2/141 (1.4)
RN/LPN/MLT 4/141 (2.8)
Centrifugation time
<1 hr after sampling 42/55 (76.3)
<2 hr after sampling 5/55 (9.0)
Before sample delivery 4/55 (7.2)
Delivery without centrifuge 4/55 (7.2)
Centrifugation maintenance
Regular maintenance with sheet 28/55 (50.9)
Regular maintenance without sheet 8/55 (14.5)
Inference from serum separation 19/55 (34.5)
Storage in refrigerator
Exclusive use for laboratory samples 30/141 (21.2)
Storage with medical goods 92/141 (65.2)
Storage with edible foods 10/141 (7.0)
No storage in refrigerator 9/141 (6.3)
Pickup time of laboratory samples
Daily pickup of laboratory samples 124/142 (87.3)
Pickup time between before noon 11/124 (8.9)
Pickup time between 1–3 PM 57/124 (46.0)
Pickup time between 3–6 PM 56/124 (45.2)
Pickup cycle of laboratory samples
2 times/day 7/142 (4.9)
3 times/wk 9/142 (6.3)
2 times/wk 1/142 (0.7)
1 time/wk 1/142 (0.7)
Sample tubes for serum glucose test
NaF only 45/138 (32.6)
SST only 64/138 (46.3)
Plain tube only 5/138 (3.6)
NaF+SST 10/138 (7.2)
Plain+EDTA 6/138 (4.3)
SST+EDTA 3/138 (2.2)
NaF+plain+EDTA 2/138 (1.4)
Others 3/138 (2.2)

Abbreviations: RN, registered nurse; LPN, licensed practical nurse; MLT, medical laboratory technologist; NaF, sodium fluoride; SST, serum separation tube; EDTA, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid.

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