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.
Wheeler D, Marcus P, Nguyen J, Kwong A, Khaki AR, Valencia V, Moriates C. Evaluation of a Resident-Led Project to Decrease Phlebotomy Rates in the Hospital: Think Twice, Stick Once. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(5):708-710. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.0549