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Collection of extra blood samples: Does it make sense?

In the College of American Pathologists publication CAP Today the question was asked,  “Are there regulations guiding the practice of taking additional blood samples from a patient (in case additional testing is needed later) even though there are no orders for the blood samples?”  The limited literature on this topic has shown that inpatients (in those studies) have had up to 700 mL of blood collected during hospital stays. Thus we have to step back and ask: Does that make sense?

Read the response offered by David N. Alter, MD, DABCC, Clinical/Chemical Pathologist, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory.

http://www.captodayonline.com/qa-column-1016/

 

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