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Hospital creates policy to make critical test results stick

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2008

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Virtually every facility has its own way of managing the reporting of critical test results (CTR).

With the 2008 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) now including requirement 2C, which addresses improved CTR communication, hospitals are looking for practical and effective ways to secure proper CTR reporting.

Geri Pyle, RN, MS, a healthcare consultant in Palm Springs, CA, and a member of the BOJ advisory board, says there is a direct link between the related delay in treatment associated with sentinel events and CTR.

“There are a million horror stories when this information isn’t immediately transmitted to a physician [who] can then order the medication, which can affect the survival of the patient,” says Pyle.

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