Release Date: Nov 2019
CC: MK, PBL, ICS, PR, SBP
Marilyn S. McCain, MBA, H(ASCP)
Executive Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Define the adverse effects of blood sampling.
- Address the potential benefits of a lab testing utilization program.
- Notify the provider about the cost of a test or when a test order is redundant or inappropriate for a patient.
Who should attend? Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists & Technicians, Phlebotomists, Students
The collection of a blood sample is widely thought to be one of the most fundamental of healthcare procedures and the most fundamental in the laboratory, remarkable both for its simplicity as well as its frequency. Improving how physicians use laboratory tests is becoming a widely used operating strategy in hospital and health system laboratories. Laboratory test utilization is popular for several reasons: when the laboratory works with physicians to eliminate unnecessary or duplicate test orders, the cost savings is immediate; and when physicians learn to order the right test at the right time, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores improve. Ordering the wrong test can lead to unnecessary phlebotomy procedures, create health complications for patients, and increase costs and safety risks for both patients and healthcare workers. Unnecessary tests, inefficient ordering practices, and collection of more blood than is required for testing contributes to iatrogenic anemia in hospitalized patients. The goal of this webcast is to help improve the patient experience by preventing unnecessary needle sticks, as well as reducing anemia caused by excess blood draws.