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August 1, 1980

Trips of Slips

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Rapid City, SD

JAMA. 1980;244(5):438. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310050016012

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To the Editor.—  I have read the article entitled "The Trips of Slips" by Dove et al (243:537, 1980).In the hospital where I work, use of laboratory slips is as follows: The laboratory requests are made on slips that are printed in triplicate. When the laboratory makes the report, the original copy goes at once to the patient's chart; the first carbon goes to the physician who requested the report, and the second carbon stays in the laboratory on record for a certain length of time.Even in a large hospital with a big staff and much more laboratory work than is done in our hospital, this system would certainly work better than any system that takes up to 27 days for the slips to get on the patient's record. I work in a hospital that is run by the air force. These slips are printed by the Government