Reduce Lab Tests in NICU Patients
Patients in Neonatal Intensive Care Units should be subjected to lesser laboratory tests as a lot of testing in the early days of life can contribute to long term neurological deficits. A new model developed by Yale University’s Institute of Healthcare Improvement has been able to achieve a 26.8% decrease in laboratory tests performed per 1000 patient days. The findings reinforce the key idea that comprehensive efforts aimed at both clinicians and families are effective in identifying and reducing unnecessary testing in children. And with new evidence to support this concept in the NICU, the team believes that the model is transferable to other inpatient areas and can be applied to other forms of patient testing — such as diagnostic imaging. Fewer tests can also help in substantial savings in blood taken from patients, according to Matthew Bizzaro, MD and Steven Peterec, MD professors of pediatrics of Yale School of Medicine.