Reducing unnecessary blood work in the neurosurgical ICU.

  title={Reducing unnecessary blood work in the neurosurgical ICU.},
  author={Dawn K Beland and Charlene D'Angelo and Diane Vinci},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses},
  volume={35 3},
Unnecessary blood work in critically ill patients can potentially reduce hemoglobin and circulating blood volume, causing blood replacement and increased care costs. The goals of this project were to (a) increase nursing and medical staff awareness of unessential or redundant blood work and (b) decrease the incidence of unnecessary and unordered blood work in the neurosurgical intensive care unit of an urban teaching hospital. Using the IDEA model of quality improvement, patient charts were… CONTINUE READING

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