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BC: Articoli scritti da G. Dicuonzo

Monitoring and improvement of intralaboratory turnaround time at the university hospital Campus Bio-Medico in Rome
<p>The aim of the present study was to evaluate the intralaboratory turnaround time (TAT) of the emergency samples at&nbsp;the laboratory of the university hospital Campus Bio-Medico. TAT for urgent tests was recorded during 7 months after&nbsp;the introduction of a system allowing TAT monitoring in real-time, from January to July 2012. TAT analysis was&nbsp;performed through five consecutive phases. At the end of each phase, TAT was evaluated and a corrective strategy,&nbsp;if needed, was introduced. The TAT evaluation at the end of phase I (January-March 2012) showed that all urgent&nbsp;tests were in extra-time. From the phase II (April 2012) to the phase IV (June 2012), three different consecutive&nbsp;corrective strategies, related to preanalytical and analytical phases were implemented. Each corrective action&nbsp;determined TAT improvement. In the last phase of the study (July 2012), no further corrective strategies were added,&nbsp;but a pure observation activity was decided to give time to the laboratory staff to adapt to changes introduced before.&nbsp;The intralaboratory TAT can improve through the introduction of TAT monitoring systems, gradual and step-by-step&nbsp;changes in sample management and staff adhesion to and awareness of the project.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 38(2) 115-120
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