Importance of Ensuring You Take Accurate Biological Testing
If there is anything requires accuracy more than anything is else is the biological testing specimen. The results will depend on the way the specimen is collected, labeled and stored when the testing is going on and even after it is done.
Microbiloogy tests are not the same the other types of tests carried out in a lab. The results of these tests entirely depend on what is available with the specimen. Mismanagement of the specimen affects the patient substantially as well as the hospital and the effectiveness of the laboratory. The outcome of the test determines how long the patient will remain in hospital, the effectiveness of the hospital and the cost involved. The errors that occur during the specimen collection are the ones that affect the results most. That will mean a repeat of the exercise, and that is both costly and time wasting.
What must be done to avoid errors is first to sign documents showing the right training before the compilation of the specimen. After that, the specimen is given to the lab with a signed form with all the details. That is a way of reducing the risks involved as well as making sure the results interpreted in the right way. For errors to be reduced, certain information must be in the form like, the name of the patient, the date of birth, type and reason of the specimen, date, time and the place where the specimen was collected.
The specimen should be collected in a clean atmosphere when the hands are clean. You should never put the specimen in a non-sterilized containers. The containers with the specimen should not be left open as they can either spoil the content or get polluted. All Specimen containers are required to be transparent. The microbiological results are required before any antibiotic drugs are given out.
Knowledge of how best the specimen is supposed to be handled is very important. There should be some technical policy governing the operation of the labs. Following the procedure manual for the lab is mandatory. Specimens are supposed to be taken before any antibiotics are administered to the patients. for the results to be reliable there must be no confusion of specimens and no interference by any impurity or substance of any kind. The specimen is supposed to be taken to the lab as soon as it is taken if any results are to be relied upon. When collecting the specimen there should be little or no noise at all. In order to ensure patient is assisted entirely, the results from the lab are supposed to give the true picture as much as possible. Since any wrong move will affect the patient, anyone involved in the specimen should exercise caution to the fullest.