Aligned with its commitment to drive high-quality practices that improve patient safety in India, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co.) and Dr Lal PathLabs has inaugurated the Centre of Excellence in Phlebotomy (blood collection, sampling). This landmark initiative will provide certified phlebotomy courses to healthcare professionals, laboratory technicians, assistants and nurses, and support them in driving best practices in pre-analytical processes for accurate and reliable diagnosis. BD also conducts workshops on phlebotomy based on good laboratory practices that are endorsed by the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI), an organisation that is at the forefront of constantly improving practices in laboratory medicine.
BD will impart intensive training on fundamental principles of safe blood collection; specimen handling and sample preparation that will help develop the critical capacity of maintaining first-rate specimen quality and protect the safety of patients and medical staff. This new initiative will strengthen laboratory services by improving the quality of patient specimens and reducing incidence of pre-analytical errors, thereby improving safety for both patients and healthcare workers. It is estimated that 70-85 per cent of clinical decisions are based upon information derived from laboratory test results.
“There are over 50,000 clinical laboratories in India and the number is increasing every year. Studies have indicated that nearly 68 per cent of all errors in laboratory testing are associated with the pre-analytical phase – phlebotomy (blood collection) being a major component of this phase. There is immense potential to enhance the skills of laboratory technicians in line with the growing healthcare needs of the Indian population. With this Centre of Excellence, BD will continue its commitment toward sharing knowledge and enhancing clinical practices in creating sustainable improvements in healthcare,” said Varun Khanna, Managing Director, BD – India.
For more than 60 years, BD has served as the pioneer and leader in the science of specimen collection. With the goal of helping strengthen healthcare systems, BD works with and provides training for laboratory staff and clinicians who can then help educate other healthcare workers at their facilities.
“Speaking on the occasion, (Hon.) Brig Dr Arvind Lal, Padma Shri, Chairman & Managing Director, Dr Lal PathLabs said, “I am delighted to state that we introduced the BD manufactured Vacutainers for the first time in India in 1989. They have since then become an integral part of thousands of labs all over India and have added immensely to the high quality standards that prevail in our labs. This initiative to provide training for laboratory staff and clinicians will help in the long term for India’s healthcare.”