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Quicker lab results for sickest patients

18-Sep-2015

“There have been many benefits. It’s safer for patients, we get lab test results when needed, and the lab’s workload is more manageable.” Dr. Lourens Blignaut Department Head, Family Medicine Mistake Proofing Project No. 14

Dr. Blignaut
Dr. Lourens Blignaut

Emergency physicians now have stat blood results 17 per cent quicker – within 43 minutes – as a result of recent improvement work. Results were achieved by re-prioritizing blood orders, physician education, and changes to how tests are collected and transported to Laboratory Services. A stat order is requested when a patient requires immediate, life-saving care.