Communicating Critical Test Results Toolkit

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Communicating Critical Test Results Toolkit

Description

This toolkit is designed to facilitate the communication of critical test results from the lab or nurse to the physician. Critical test results are defined as any test result that may result in serious outcomes for patients. Improving communication of critical test results can reduce the rate of adverse events, because the physician has time to intervene.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • A sample worksheet for recording the reporting of critical values
  • Sources of potential errors in reporting critical values
  • A color-coded standardization method to improve the interpretation of critical test values
  • Implementation tools
  • Planning checklist
  • Technology recommendations for optimal management of critical test values

Developer:

Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors (MassPRO)

Funding Sources:

Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors (MassPRO)

History

Release Date: 2003
Recent Summary: September 2004
Original Summary: November 2006
Last Updated: 04/25/08

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