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Must we review printed lab reports without checking them? A prospective analysis of emergency department practice.
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PMID:  22708224     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
This study investigated if results of haematology and biochemistry laboratory tests, carried out at the point of care in our Emergency Department, are checked by the clinician who ordered the test, mitigating the requirement to check printed reports later. Five hundred and nineteen (519) laboratory reports were examined for significant abnormal results and documentation in clinical notes. Thirty percent (30%, n = 158) of these met the inclusion criteria for 'significantly abnormal' laboratory results. Of the 158 significantly abnormal results, 34.8% (n = 55) were not documented in the ED clinical case notes. No patient was discharged inappropriately. Our study suggests it is safe to stop routinely rechecking printed biochemistry and haematology laboratory reports in our department.
A McCabe; P Staunton; S Walsh; R O'Sullivan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
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