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Table 1 Characteristics of the laboratory request forms submitted to the hematology laboratory and errors at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From: Errors in the Hematology Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Documented items Well written items (%) Number of errors (%)
Patient ID number 2606 (100) 0 (0)
Patient name 2600 (99.8) 6 (0.2)
Ward/clinic name 2587 (99.3) 19 (0.7)
Request type 2515 (96.5) 91 (3.5)
Date of request 2440 (93.6) 166 (6.4)
Gender 2340 (89.7) 266 (10.3)
Age of patient 2308 (88.5) 298 (11.5)
Physician name 391 (15) 2215 (85)
Physician signature 1764 (67.7) 842 (32.3)
Clinical detail 779 (29.9) 1827 (70.1)
  1. N = 560