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August 22, 1990

How to Avoid Mistakes in a Physician's Office Laboratory

Author Affiliations

Marshall University Huntington, WVa

Marshall University Huntington, WVa

JAMA. 1990;264(8):1046-1047. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450080136050

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Physician's Office Laboratory Guidelines, vol 9, No. 4, by David M. Jeffers, Betty V. Addison, Paul M. Free, et al (NCCLS document POL-1-T), various pagination, loose-leaf binder, $85, ISBN 0-273-3099; Physician's Office Laboratory Procedure Manual, vol 9, No. 5, Villanova, Pa, National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards, 1989.

How to Avoid Mistakes in a Physician's Office Laboratory is an instructional text in the form of a loose-leaf notebook with 71 pages in 11 sections, an accompanying set of Kodachromes, a viewer, and a cassette tape. It is presented as a guide for those working in a physician's office laboratory, based on the authors' experience giving seminars. On page 1 they point out that the book deals with "simple and seemingly unimportant" steps that actually are very important in the laboratory, a theme that is carried throughout.

The first three pages set the tone by reviewing the topics: protecting oneself from