Arterial blood is one of those patient specimens most sensitive to pre-analytical errors. Improper patient assessment, sample device selection, collection or transport of an arterial whole blood sample intended for pH, oxygen and carbon dioxide analysis, can render inaccurate patient results and potentially lead to misdiagnosis or inappropriate treatment.
To help ensure the arterial sample integrity, the CLSI Guidelines are excellent references to assist clinicians in proper sample handling technique:
Optimizing your clinical operations involves the following:
View the videos below to review proper blood gas sample collection and handling techniques and access other instructional resources.
- Selecting the correct sample device
- Proper sample handling
- Adequate mixing
- Immediate transport