Lab Med Qual Assur.  2021 Jun;43(2):94-106. 10.15263/jlmqa.2021.43.2.94.

Survey of the Referral Laboratory Sample Managements of Medical Clinics in Jeju Island

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Cheju Halla University, Jeju, Korea
  • 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Green Cross Laboratories, Yongin, Korea

Abstract

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.

Keyword

Laboratory referral sample management; Medical clinic; Jeju
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