To avoid mistakes like misplaced, forgotten, or mislabeled lab specimens, Kris Sittig-Barnard, office manager at Century Animal
Clinic in Maplewood, Minn., put red, plastic drinking cups in each exam room. "Before we started using the cups, doctors would
usually leave blood samples in the exam rooms for the technicians to pick up," she says. "We had a couple times when the samples
were overlooked and left overnight in the exam rooms. There was also the problem of scattered work orders and vials when the
samples were dropped off at the lab." But not anymore.
Now, when doctors take a blood sample, they simply place the tube and the paperwork in the red cup. "By doing this, it makes
the lab area neater and the technicians' jobs a little easier," she says.