Accreditation

Defining values and tests crucial to CTR standard

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2007

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What's one of the most common reasons that hospitals cannot adhere to National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) #2C, improving the timeliness of reporting critical test results (CTR) and values? Defining too many tests and results as critical, according to Rodrick Beers, laboratory manager at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) in Palmer, AK.

"If all of your tests or results are critical, it's impossible to report them in a timely manner every time," Beers says. "In some ways, all tests could be critical depending on the patient's condition, so it really comes down to defining which values make test results life threatening and require immediate medical intervention."

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