Literature and Resources

A multifaceted hospitalist quality improvement intervention: Decreased frequency of common labs

Adam H. Corson MD, Vincent S. Fan MD, MPH, Travis White BA, Sean D. Sullivan PhD, Kenji Asakura MD, Michael Myint MD, MBA and Christopher R. Dale MD, MPH.
Journal of Hospital Medicine: March 21, 2015

Influence of educational, audit and feedback, system based, and incentive and penalty interventions to reduce laboratory test utilization: a systematic review.

Kobewka DM, Ronksley PE, McKay JA, Forster AJ, van Walraven C. Influence of educational, audit and feedback, system based, and incentive and penalty interventions to reduce laboratory test utilization: a systematic review. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2014 Sep 27. pii:/j/cclm.ahead-of-print/cclm-2014-0778/cclm-2014-0778.xml. doi:10.1515/cclm-2014-0778. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25263310

Impact of an Educational Intervention on the Frequency of Daily Blood Test Orders for Hospitalized Patients 

Rajiv N. Thakkar, MD, Daniel Kim, MD, Amy M. Knight, MD, Stefan Riedel, MD, Dhananjay Vaidya, MBBS, PhD, MPH, and Scott M. Wright, MD. From the Departments of Medicine and Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. 
American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Excessive Blood Draws at One Hospital Detailed

A new study in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery sheds light on just how excessive some hospital tests — and in particular, those that require bloodletting — can be.

Researchers analyzed records from nearly 1900 patients who had cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and calculated the frequency and total volume of blood drawn from each. Overall, patients were subjected to more than 220,000 laboratory tests (roughly 115 per patient); 40% of the tests measured blood gas levels, 18% assessed blood coagulation, 14% were for complete blood counts, and 13% were for metabolic panels.  Read the entire story here

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