CLSI Publishes a New Document on Management of Critical- and Significant-Risk Results

From the press release:

“The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has published a new document titled Management of Critical- and Significant-Risk Results (GP47-Ed1). This guideline provides current best practice recommendations for developing and implementing a policy and procedures for the identification, reporting, and management of critical- and significant-risk laboratory results. Emphasis is placed on management responsibilities such as development of the policy, the process, procedures, job descriptions, and monitoring systems that ensure effective reporting and compliance with regulatory requirements.

This new document refers to results as critical risk and significant risk, depending on the degree of risk to the patient. The recommendations in the standard are intended to be consistent with best practices for patient safety, and compliant with current, pertinent regulatory and accreditation requirements. GP47 includes an executive summary and appendixes with sample policies, reporting methods, escalation procedures, and monitoring tools.

This document is intended for clinical and laboratory directors, managers, and personnel who develop and implement laboratory policies and processes. The standard is also intended for health care administrators who oversee compliance with regulatory requirements, accreditation, and clinical practice standards related to patient safety. The recommendations cover every laboratory discipline and pertain to clinical laboratories of every size, scope, and complexity.”


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