Premises and Operational Units

  • David Browning


A recent tragedy in the UK highlighted once again the need for careful assessment of the requirements for laboratory services to patients. In this particular tragedy a mistake at the bedside of an unconscious patient was compounded by an incorrect result being given by a glucose analyser in the laboratory. The biochemist in charge of the laboratory said that a study in Glasgow had demonstrated that as many as one in ten of ‘BM-strip’ tests give inaccurate results because nurses do not follow the instructions properly. At the end of the inquest the coroner recommended a more rigorous training programme for nurses using such equipment outside the laboratory.


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  1. 1.
    Browning DM, Cowell DC, Kilshaw D, Knowles D, Randall J and Singer R, (1984). Clinical chemistry equipment outside laboratories. Med Lab Sci, 41, 99–107PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Browning
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  1. 1.Department of Clinical ChemistryWolfson Research Laboratories Queen Elizabeth Medical CentreEdgbaston, BirminghamUK

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