Routine Blood Tests Can Harm Patient Care

Share this content:
Routine Blood Tests Can Harm Patient Care
Routine Blood Tests Can Harm Patient Care

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Routine blood tests waste money and can damage patient care, according to an opinion piece published online April 27 in the BMJ.

Alastair Faulkner, M.B.Ch.B., from Ninewells Hospital in the United Kingdom, and colleagues looked at recent data from the United Kingdom's National Health Service acute hospitals, which they call a comparably efficient health care system because it spends less per capita on laboratory tests than other economically developed nations.

However, they cite growing evidence of the extent of unwarranted variation in spending by NHS acute hospitals and write that it is possible that overuse of blood tests is an important source of such variation.

"Requesting a standard battery of blood tests without due regard to clinical indication has become the norm -- with no distinction made between patients with a variety of presenting complaints, from chest pain to fractures," write the authors.

Abstract/Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Herbal and Dietary Supplements Are Commonly Mislabeled

Herbal and Dietary Supplements Are Commonly Mislabeled

Bodybuilding products have highest mislabeling rate; many mislabeled products tied to liver injury

Alcoholic Cirrhosis Linked to Increased Admissions, Costs

Alcoholic Cirrhosis Linked to Increased Admissions, Costs

Compared with non-alcoholic cirrhosis, excess 30-day readmissions total 29.2 per 100 patients

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »