Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of test output in haemostasis laboratories

Ryanne A. Arisz, Piet Meijer, Nathalie C.V. Péquériaux, Sjef J. van de Leur, Michaël V. Lukens, Moniek P.M. de Maat, Martine J. Hollestelle*

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Introduction: The high incidence of thrombotic events in patients with COVID-19 affects health care worldwide and results in an increased workload in haemostasis laboratories due to more frequent testing of D-dimer, haemostatic parameters and anti-Xa tests. However, the impact of this increase in assay requests on the quality of performance in haemostasis laboratories remains unclear. In this study, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of performance and management of haemostasis laboratories was evaluated. Methods: The impact on the quality of performance was studied using external quality assessment data from 2019 to 2020 derived from ECAT surveys. A questionnaire was sent to Dutch haemostasis laboratories to identify challenges and management strategies. Furthermore, the number of assays performed in 2019 and 2020 was supplied by four Dutch hospitals, located in regions with different disease incidence. Results: No differences in response rate nor the quality of the measurements were observed between the EQA surveys in 2019 and 2020. The questionnaire results showed a large increase of >25% in the number of test requests for anti-Xa, D-dimer and fibrinogen assays in 2020 compared to 2019. Extreme peaks in test requests were also observed in the four evaluated hospitals. Additionally, 84% of the respondents indicated that they had experienced increased work pressure, and increased sick leave was observed in 71% of the participating laboratories. Conclusions: The enormous increase in test requests, especially for D-dimer assays and anti-Xa activity, did not affect the quality of performance within haemostatic laboratories during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-413
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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