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Factors affecting the results or processing of Haematology tests

Here are some of the factors which could affect the results or processing of tests carried out in the Haematology department. This is not an exhaustive list. There may be other factors affecting the reporting of results which are not listed. This list applies to all sections of haematology. See individual sections for specific factors.

 

Factor affecting result/processing Outcome
Failed Specimen Acceptance Policy (routine samples and blood transfusion samples) Would not process
Unlabelled Would not process
Wrong sample for requested test Would not process
Wrongly labelled Would not process
Sample leaked in transit Would not process (if multiple samples were put in the specimen bag all samples would not be processed
Sample broke in transit Would not process (if multiple samples were put in the specimen bag all samples would not be processed)