Mayo Clinic's Nikola Baumann, Ph.D., was recently interviewed for an article in Clinical Laboratory News. The article, titled "Large-Scale Testing Errors: Tips on How Labs Can Prepare and Recover," appears in the October 2012 issue of the publication from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Baumann is the director of the Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and serves as assistant professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.
Below is the opening paragraph of the interview, which was conducted by Corinne Fantz, Ph.D., of the Patient Safety Focus Editorial Advisory Board.
Thanks to automated systems and other advancements, the number of errors occurring today in the analytical phase of laboratory testing has been drastically reduced. While these advancements in laboratory testing have led to rapid reporting of large numbers of patient samples, laboratories now face a new type of problem: systemic errors that could impact many patient results before the laboratory even detects the error. In this interview, Nikola Baumann, PhD, director of the Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers ideas and suggestions on how to prepare for and recover from large-scale testing errors.