Navigation Links
Hospitals Often Fail to Follow Up on Tests, Study Says
Date:2/8/2011

TUESDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 75 percent of hospital tests are not followed up and this failure can have serious consequences for patients, including delayed or missed diagnoses and even death, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed 12 international studies and found that between 20 percent and 61 percent of inpatient test results, and between 1 percent and 75 percent of tests on emergency care patients, were not followed up after patients were discharged.

Follow-up was least likely for critical test results and results for patients moving between health care settings, such as from inpatient to outpatient care or to general practice.

Rates of missed results were equally high for paper-based records systems, fully electronic systems and those that used a combination of paper and electronic records.

The study is published Feb. 8 in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety.

"There is evidence to suggest that the proportion of missed test results is a substantial problem, which impacts on patients' safety," the researchers concluded in a journal news release.

More information

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers patients tips about medical tests.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMJ Quality and Safety, news release, Feb. 7, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. The private sale of drugs in public hospitals
2. Most pandemic plans in Ontario hospitals have not been tested: Queens University study
3. SHARECOR Partners With Quantros, Inc. to Facilitate Core Measures and Regulatory Reporting in Louisiana Hospitals
4. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Report Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Results
5. Father Channels His Grief into Advocacy, Promotes Simple Actions to Make Hospitals Safer for Children
6. Vestara and EXP Pharmaceutical Services Corp. Announce Partnership Making Available Industry's Only Automated Pharmaceutical Waste Management Solution to over 5,000 U.S. Hospitals
7. Small to Mid-Sized Hospitals Turn to Orion Health to Implement Health IT Solutions for Improved Patient Care and Outcomes
8. Patients Do Better at Hospitals That Follow Stroke Guidelines
9. Evidence-based care and outcomes improve at Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals
10. Global Hospitals and Healthcare Suppliers Focus on Cutting Costs and Improving Quality at 2010 GHX Supply Chain Summit
11. COBRAGuard Partners With THA to Offer Texas Hospitals COBRA Relief
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Hospitals Often Fail to Follow Up on Tests, Study Says
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... An essential ... U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is now available from the International Association ... (WCRI). , The report, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Tim Dieter has announced the latest beneficiary ... IA. The current campaign fundraises for Veteran’s Freedom Center on behalf of all ... Center may now be made here: http://www.veteransfreedomcenter.com/donate/ . , Veteran’s Freedom Center ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... ... Dr. Benjamin Stong of Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia ... board certified and the only facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta to offer Micro-droplet ... as stem cells can be used to provide stabilization to hair transplant results or ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Talent Tech Labs (TTL) is pleased ... of National Nurses Week (May 6-12). Currently, HireNurses is a job listing ... into the Talent Tech Lab Virtual Incubation program, they will dramatically expand the functionality ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... VisualDx ... Android devices. VisualDx is the first point of care diagnostic support system ... medicine. The system speeds diagnosis, therapy decisions and patient education for emergency ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK , a leader ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Iperia ... heart failure patients with access to diagnostic magnetic ... remote monitoring with daily automatic transmission and closed ... in response to physiological demands. ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... today that it is celebrating Hepatitis Awareness Month with a campaign to honor patients and ... encourage those at risk to get tested and begin the road to a life free ... ... ... ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016  Specialty Silicone Fabricators is offering teachers ... a cleanroom works. The free visual aid provides ... technology. Chris Mazelin , ... SSF enthusiastically supports the Science, Technology, Engineering and ... next generation of innovators. We want to provide ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: