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Eyewash stations, documentation biggest challenge for HFAP labs in 2020

Clinical laboratories surveyed under HFAP standards in 2020 showed improvements over the top deficiencies identified in earlier years, in a time when “clinical laboratories in all settings managed high testing volumes, demand for rapid turnaround times, and supply chain constraints related to the pandemic,” according to the accrediting organization’s (AO) 2021 HFAP Quality Review report.

Even so, labs were cited for not following ANSI standards for eyewash stations, not following manufacturer’s instructions for waived testing, and not performing equipment maintenance checks—or at least not documenting the maintenance.

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