Does the emergency department need a dedicated stat laboratory ? Continuous quality improvement as a management tool for the clinical laboratory.
Using the principles of continuous quality improvement (CQI), the authors conducted a study in response to a request from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles County, and University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, for a dedicated stat laboratory in the emergency department.
The stat orders to test serum electrolyte, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, amylase, and lipase levels, prothrombin time, and complete blood count (CBC) were evaluated.
The study was done in two phases.
First, a baseline on stat laboratory test turnaround time was established, and problems were identified.
Then, the authors reexamined the turnaround after problems were addressed and a new laboratory information system was installed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Organisation santé, Exploration, Technique, Homme, Etude comparative, Assurance qualité, Urgence, Service hospitalier, Laboratoire, Biologie clinique, Analyse biochimique, Hématologie, Réanimation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public health organization, Exploration, Technique, Human, Comparative study, Quality assurance, Emergency, Hospital ward, Laboratory, Clinical biology, Biochemical analysis, Hematology, Resuscitation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0572753
Code Inist : 002B30A04D. Création : 09/06/1995.