Blood sampling is an indispensable part of the diagnostic process for many diseases.

However, many errors can occur during the blood collection, the storage of the blood samples as well as the transport to the laboratory, which can influence the result to such an extent that an interpretation of the results is only possible to a limited extent or not at all. In rare cases, this can even lead to a wrong diagnosis if one relies too heavily on the significance of the laboratory values.

The term “laboratory” does not only refer to blood samples, but also to swabs or urine samples. In most cases, we will do the diagnostics here in the practice on the spot. However, there are also cases where your cooperation is required, for example in 24-hour urine collection diagnostics or stool diagnostics.

Therefore, we would like to explain some of the most important pitfalls to you here in the “All about the laboratory” section, so that you, as an informed patient, can help to ensure that the values determined for you then also have the corresponding significance and help us to make the right diagnosis for you.