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Research Letter
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May 2016

Evaluation of a Resident-Led Project to Decrease Phlebotomy Rates in the Hospital: Think Twice, Stick Once

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(5):708-710. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.0549

Excessive inpatient laboratory testing leads to unnecessary health care cost and exposes patients to uncomfortable blood draws, false-positive results, and hospital-acquired anemia.1,2

Many strategies have sought to decrease laboratory testing in the hospital,3 but most do not focus on decreasing needlesticks for patients.

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