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Laboratory request appropriateness in emergency: impact on hospital organization

  • Maria Pia Trisorio Liuzzi , Ettore Attolini , Roberto Quaranta , Domenico Paparella , Giangiuseppe Cappabianca , Francesca Di Serio and Alessandro S. Dell'Erba


Within the activities of the Risk Management Unit of the Bari Polyclinic Hospital Corporation, an anomalous trend was found, with excessive requests for urgent laboratory tests being made in the time period between 05:00 and 07:45h. In addition to slowing down laboratory operations, this anomaly suggested the possibility of inappropriate testing, at least in terms of the request mode, if not in absolute terms. An audit was implemented within the facility to check the grounds of this suspicion and to identify any errors and/or critical points. The results gathered are extremely interesting, as they show deficiencies at both the organizational and clinical level. The final objective of the investigation is to draft a common corporate procedure.

Corresponding author: M.P. Trisorio Liuzzi, Medical Management, Bari Polyclinic Hospital Corporation P.zza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124 Bari, Italy Phone: +39-080-5592738, Fax: +39-080-5575736,


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Published Online: 2006-5-29
Published in Print: 2006-6-1

©2006 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin New York

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