Critically reflect on referral patterns for genetic investigation following standard laboratory practices including sample receipt.
Knowledge and skills you might demonstrate
- Minimum data set required for identification of samples and the importance of ensuring that this is complete, correct and appropriate.
- Factors affecting sample integrity and appropriate corrective action.
- Procedures for handling samples which may contain category 2, 3, and 4 pathogens.
- Use of laboratory and hospital information systems to identify and record patient demographics, clinical details and relevant laboratory results.
- The importance of maintaining correct and unique labelling, including transfer of labels throughout the preparation.
- Process documentation relevant to sample preparation and its importance.
- Retention policy for diagnostic materials and records of analysis.
- Ethical guidelines for testing and storage of diagnostic materials.
- Common reasons for referral of genetic investigations.
- Factors to be considered to determine which processing pipeline is the most appropriate in order to generate a robust result for the patients.