Which of these labs should be done for all new admissions? - page 2

Cbc sma7 pt hemogram cmp urinalysis fasting specimens ptt urine c& s ekg... Read More

  1. by   KatieMI
    IMH(umble)O, none of the above, unless it is well-known what's the purpose of the order. Although it is different in real life, sure. It is named "double-defensive medicine" - both helps against ambulance-chasing lawyers, and also against inherently uncompliant patients who for whatever reason used to question orders and potentially interfere with hospital's profits.
  2. by   nurseprnRN
    If your docs want to have what amounts to a cookie-cutter medical plan of care for every admit, your facility is free to have one, so long as it is signed off by the appropriate therapeutics committee. But do NOT order labs yourself without such backup.
  3. by   LTCNS
    *nevermind* Someone already said the same thing.
  4. by   bugya90
    I work in family med. we have lab protocols that we use, if person is diabetic they get a b c labs if they have hypertension they get c d f labs and so on. If pt has no medical dx and are healthy just want their yearly physical we can order CBC cmp And lipid as long as they are over 30, anyone under 30 we have to provider orders. If anyone falls outside or protocol (HIV or other dx we don't normally manage) then we must get provider orders.
  5. by   T-Bird78
    There's a difference between standing orders for every pt getting the same labs drawn and you ordering the right labs on a case-by-case basis. I had a working interview and was offered the job with an office very close to home, paying what I wanted, in the specialty I wanted, and turned it down. The doc would complain to the MAs (and me if I was to be the LPN hired) about the MA not ordering a CT Angiogram on a pt with c/o headaches and missing the diagnosis! I reminded him that nurses and MAs do not diagnose and we certainly don't order CT scans! Then again, the MAs would make up vital signs on new pts so I'm not really sure if anything was right. (And by making up vital signs, I mean the MA would ask new pts if they have BP problems or if it's normally good, if pt says yes, then MA would enter a value of 120/70--no BP cuff needed!) I'm just waiting on Medicare to audit that place. . .
  6. by   Stranded55
    Depends on why they are admitted. But CBC is always a good choice.