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Name of Media:

Laboratory Tests and X-ray Imaging in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit: Checking the Checklist

Author(s):

Brian K. Yorkgitis, DO; Jesse W. Loughlin, BS; Zachary Gandee, BS; Halla H. Bates, BA; Gerald Weinhouse, MD

Publisher or Source:

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United States

Primary Focus of Media:

Pre-Use of PICS Designation

COVID-19 Related:

No

Description:

Patients in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) frequently undergo laboratory and imaging testing. These tests can lead to iatrogenic anemia and radiation exposure. Many of these tests may be unnecessary for the management of a patient’s illness in the surgical ICU, and their ordering may be a reflex rather than in response to a clinical question. Checklists have been used in critical care to identify and address patient care strategies.

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