2000, Number 2
Rev Mex Anest 2000; 23 (2)
Alonso TJ, Rodríguez SL, Salmerón AAL, García AJP
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ABSTRACTBackground and objectives: Health Department recognizes that the quality of the services offered to the user population is insufficient, and emphasizes the governmental will to motivate and to promote the delivery of the correct services with the acceptable quality. In its research, the goal is expounded to evaluate the duration of time periods involved in the sequence of the services offered by the Clinical Laboratory to the user of the obstetric and gynecological urgency area. Material and Methods: a descriptive survey was conducted to determinate the elapsed time between laboratory samples collection and laboratory report in a gyneco-obstetric emergency room. Each one of the time periods involved in this process was evaluated. Results: the sequence of the services have a mean duration of 275 minutes, 29% of this time corresponding to Period I (laboratory samples and the beginning of the process), 24% corresponding to Period II (sample processing) and 47% corresponding to Period III (data collection). Conclusions: The obstetric patient has special characteristics, such as the tendency to hyperglycemia and another possibilities of pathology as pre-eclampsy, eclampsy, etc. Anesthesiologists must have, in the least possible time, the information contained in the laboratory results. With the incorporation of some strategies to the activities of the clinical laboratory as well as the development of an information culture, will be possible to reduce the delay in laboratory sample collection and information delivery process, because delay in preoperatory information may have serious consequences, ranging from legal responsibilities to case complication.