The samples collector is the hero of the successful preanalytical phase. The biologist is not part of this process at all. The sampler must therefore be fully aware of his responsibilities and his working comfort must be promoted.

What about samples collector’s responsibilities in the pre-analytical phase ?

The samples collector has to be validated in accordance whith article L.6211-15 from Public Health Code.
They are many responsibilities:
  • Discretion and confidentiality obligation
  • Patient information knowledge
  • Focus on the patient’s comfort
  • Identification control
  • Checking the concordance between the medical prescription and the sampling form
  • Control of the required conditions for the collection of the sample from the patient (e.g. fasting state)
  • Control of the patient’s clinical condition and the prescribed treatment, according to the required analyses
  • Filling in the sampling form
  • Tubes natures knowledge to be used according to the examinations prescribed by the doctor
  • Expiration dates control of the material
  • Compliance with the rules for the protection and waste infectious disposal
  • Compliance with special precautions for transport to the laboratory (e.g. ice, storage at 37°C)
  • Tubes labeling

Pre-analytical and sampler : how work comfort can avoid non-conformities ?

Patient comfort is an obvious factor for successful sampling. The sampler comfort is no less essential. In order to perform the sampling in the best conditions, the employee must have :

  • An adequate lighting,
  • A sink with a liquid soap dispenser,
  • Single-use hand wipes or any system that ensures hand hygiene.
  • A clear work bench with racks
  • Easily accessible storage space
  • All the documentation required to perform the procedure in the best regulatory conditions
In the upcoming article, you will discover the definition, scope, procedures and operating instructions regarding the pre-analytical, what are these instructions you must respect to ensure the patient comfort and his efficient reception, what are the specificities of home sampling, and how to correctly identify the samples.
Finally, we will list the factors that come into question during this phase and that can affect the analysis results, before talking about the results reporting.
To insure this phase, consumables and equipment you use in the laboratory also make a difference. LABELIANS support you to select and use them efficiently.