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Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial 2014, 50 5

Author: Leonardo de Souza Vasconcellos

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Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial ISSN: 1676-2444 jbpml@sbpc.org.br,adagmar.andriolo@g mail.com Sociedade Brasileira de Patologia Clínica-Medicina Laboratorial Brasil de Souza Vasconcellos, Leonardo Critical results communication: quality and patient safety Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial, vol.
50, núm.
5, septiembreoctubre, 2014, p.
326 Sociedade Brasileira de Patologia Clínica-Medicina Laboratorial Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=393541984001 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Critical results communication: quality and patient safety Leonardo de Souza Vasconcellos Communication of critical results is an old laboratory practice, with the first reports published in the literature at the beginning of the 1970s.
However, it was just from the 1990s that this routine became definitely recommended(2).
Nowadays, the notification of critical results is part of laboratory indicators that aim at quality and patients’ safety(1, 5). The Accreditation Program for Clinical Laboratories (PALC 2013) of Sociedade Brasileira de Patologia Clínica-Medicina Laboratorial (SBPC-ML) defines critical values as “results of laboratory exams that lie within a range of quantitative results or that, per se, may be related to potentially dangerous clinical situations and that must be immediately reported to the attending physician”(3). In the PALC 2013 guidelines, this subject is developed in several chapters: Chapter 3 – Document management and control; Chapter 4 – Management of technical records and quality; Chapter 10 – Management of remote laboratory tests; Chapter 16 – Management of the laboratory information system (SIL); and, principal...





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