Lab Med Qual Assur 2021; 43(2): 94-106
Published online June 30, 2021
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1Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Cheju Halla University, Jeju; 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Green Cross Laboratories, Yongin, Korea
Correspondence to:Kyutaeg Lee
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Green Cross Laboratories, 107, Ihyeonro 30beon-gil, Giheung-gu, Yongin 16924, Korea
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Background: To determine the current status of the referral laboratory sample delivery process, we surveyed the delivery process, such as workers in charge, equipment, sample storage method, and delivery systems of the medical clinics on Jeju Island.
Methods: We collected 142 questionnaires from 300 medical clinics on Jeju Island and analyzed the current status of laboratory samples before delivery to referral laboratory centers.
Results: As 61% percent of medical clinics did not have a centrifuge, laboratory samples from these clinics were delivered without centrifugation. Most workers in charge of laboratory samples were not trained by specialists regarding proper laboratory sample management. The method of storage in the refrigerator was unacceptable in 13.3% of medical clinics.
Conclusions: We suggest regular inspection programs for the process of referral laboratory samples and proper training programs for workers in charge of laboratory samples.
Keywords: Laboratory referral sample management, Medical clinic, Jeju