Guidelines and Protocols of ELCBGs

What happens during the pre-analytic stage has the greatest influence in the quality and accuracy of the blood gas measurement.

The pre-analytic stage can be separated into:

  1. Sample collection
  2. Sample handling
  3. Transportation

As we explored in the previous page, the pre-analytic phase accounts for up to 70% of all errors in the process of testing patient ELCBG samples, so it’s important we are all following an appropriate protocol which has been designed to minimised the risk of error.

In the video below, Kim discusses the current national ELCBG standards.

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