Improving laboratory results turnaround time by reducing pre analytical phase

Mohamed Khalifa, Parwaiz Khalid

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Abstract

Laboratory turnaround time is considered one of the most important indicators of work efficiency in hospitals, physicians always need timely results to take effective clinical decisions especially in the emergency department where these results can guide physicians whether to admit patients to the hospital, discharge them home or do further investigations. A retrospective data analysis study was performed to identify the effects of ER and Lab staff training on new routines for sample collection and transportation on the pre-analytical phase of turnaround time. Renal profile tests requested by the ER and performed in 2013 has been selected as a sample, and data about 7,519 tests were retrieved and analyzed to compare turnaround time intervals before and after implementing new routines. Results showed significant time reduction on "Request to Sample Collection" and "Collection to In Lab Delivery" time intervals with less significant improvement on the analytical phase of the turnaround time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrating information technology and management for quality of care
EditorsJohn Mantas, Mowafa S. Househ, Arie Hasman
PublisherIOS Press
Pages71-74
Number of pages4
Volume202
ISBN (Print)9781614994220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 Jul 201413 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Volume202
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period10/07/1413/07/14

Keywords

  • Emergency department
  • Hospitals
  • Pre-analytical phase
  • Reducing laboratory turnaround time

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