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Autoverification tips and techniques

Susan Dawson

Swedish Covenant Hospital

Chicago

Learning objective: Optimizing deployment of autoverification

Ten years ago we started using autoverification for chemistry and immunoassays, gradually including hematology and differentials. We are now verifying 95% of the tests on our assay menu, and 80% of all specimens coming into the lab are autoverified. We continue to improve our autoverification process, and our turnaround time continues to drop. More important, we have achieved a consistent review process–the same rules are applied in verifying every patient specimen from tech to tech, shift to shift–improving quality. Autoverification also increases efficiency and reduces human errors by letting software perform a manual, repetitive task.


5 key filters of autoverification

  1. The first question to ask is: Does the software have a useable mechanism for holding patient results if the QC fails?

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