Five Things to Know on Positive Patient ID

  1. Studies show that 6% of phlebotomy samples are mislabeled.
  2. 1/18 identification errors in laboratory testing results in an adverse event.
  3. 20% of incompatible transfusions are traced to patient misidentification and/or specimen labeling errors before a specimen arrives in the laboratory.
  4. $200-$400 million per year is spent on redraws, retesting, and additional treatment required due to sample errors in hospitals
  5. 80% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory testing results