Following-up on Diagnostic Tests

Carolyn Buppert

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Dermatology Nursing 

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Was the Test Actually Done?

There are many cases where a clinician ordered a test, but the patient never got it done. Later the patient sues the clinician for a missed diagnosis. And, there are cases where the patient did get the test, but the lab didn't send the results to the clinician. Once a clinician orders a test, he or she needs to ascertain that it was done within a reasonable period of time. Clinicians are advised to keep lists of the tests they order, and cross items off the list when results come back.

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