It is estimated that a majority of laboratory medicine errors occur during the pre-analytical phase of the laboratory testing cycle. Such errors have a significant impact on patient safety, staff workload and hospital costs. Correctly identifying and avoiding specimen-labelling errors are areas of particular concern for health-care professionals as it is estimated that up to 75% of all errors are pre-analytical ones.

The typical pre-analytical phase involves test ordering, collection, handling, transportation and reception of samples prior to the testing itself being performed.

A.Menarini Diagnostics has added to its portfolio several solutions to maintain the integrity between sample and patient and between sample and test request as well as to track the selection and transferring of tubes from the blood collection area to the total automation in the lab minimizing errors in this crucial and critical phase.