Doing More with Less: The Advantages of Optimizing Blood Collection Volumes for Laboratory Testing 

March 12, 2024
11 a.m.–Noon CT


Free for all participants.


This webinar explores how clinical laboratories are constantly adapting to change. A source of continuous change is related to equipment lifecycles, such as automated analyzers and automation that are implemented and replaced over time. Benefits of newer technologies include decreased specimen volume requirements, less need for repeat testing, and greater throughput. Implementation of new analyzers and replacement of automation equipment in the Central Clinical Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, prompted the laboratory to reassess blood collection volumes for commonly ordered tests. Moreover, occasions where the laboratory may contribute to patient safety and satisfaction by way of specimen optimization have inspired a programmatic approach.


Nikola Baumann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Division of Clinical Core Laboratory Services
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Darci Block, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Division of Clinical Core Laboratory Services
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Tim Faber, M.A.

Operations Administrator
Division of Clinical Core Laboratory ServicesMayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe a model and rationale for specimen collection improvements.
  • Defend continuous improvement as a strategic mindset for innovation.
  • Design a data-driven model for collection volume process improvement.

Intended audience

This webinar is appropriate for laboratory leaders, healthcare providers, and other laboratory personnel who are interested in innovations and the future direction of lab medicine. 


The following types of credit are offered for this event:


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E.® contact hour.

State of Florida

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

To obtain credit

1. Register for and participate in the program.

2. Complete the evaluation that will be sent to you after the program.

3. Generate and print your certificate(s).

Level of instruction for this program is basic.

Faculty disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.


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