Good Patient Care: Getting Blood Gas Sampling Right

April 17, 2018

This webinar will describe best practices for sample collection, identify common errors, how they impact the patient, and how to avoid them.



Sample collection issues are the most common cause of inaccurate laboratory results. Those inaccurate results can impact patient care, waste valuable time and lead to unnecessary costs.

About the speaker

Christopher McCudden
Clinical Biochemist
Division of Biochemistry
The Ottawa Hospital
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Lab. Medicine
University of Ottawa
Ottawa ON, Canada

Dr. McCudden is a Clinical Biochemist at the Ottawa Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He serves as Laboratory Director for the Glengarry Memorial Hospital and Deep River & District Hospital within the Eastern Ontario Laboratory Association. He has been giving educational sessions on on preanalytical errors for over ten years to medical residents, fellows, physicians, medical technologists, point of care coordinators, nurses, and respiratory therapists. His research interests include automated chemistry, critical care testing, and laboratory informatics.

Who should attend?

  • Respiratory therapists
  • Nurses
  • Laboratorians
  • Point of Care Coordinators

Continuing education

  • This program has been approved for 1 CRCE Contact Hour by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
  • This program has been approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for  1.0 CERPs, Synergy CERP Category A, File Number 22119
  • 1 P.A.C.E.® credit-hour will be provided for this complimentary basic level program. Whitehat Communications is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program
  • This session is approved for 1 Florida Laboratory CE credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel approved number: 50-12563
  • General certificate of attendance

This webinar will

  • Describe the importance of proper blood gas sample collection
  • Discuss the potential impact of poor sample collection on the patient
  • Identify best practices for appropriate blood gas sample collection

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