UNNECESSARY CALCIUM TESTING IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
A quality improvement project to remove the calcium test off the provider order entry abdominal pain blood panel.
Unnecessary testing of Calcium for all abdominal pain CEDIS complaints in the Emergency department is wasteful and an inneffective use of limited human and financial resources. The factors involved are the current use of an EPR provider order entry abdominal panel that includes the indiscriminate testing of calcium irrespective of it meeting the indications.
This project will touch on patients with abdominal pain that do not have risk factors for calcium imbalance. This will touch clinicians practice by better aligning nurses to adhere to the current medical directive.This will touch on the process of medical directives applied in the department. The project will also touch on cost efficiency for the organization as a whole in respect to laboratory processing time and resources employed currently. This project will not touch on patients that have malignancy, or thyroid concerns. If mineral shift is suspected it may affect patient’s assessment times.
Klarisee Estepa & Debra Davies
Term of project: March 2019-June 2019