Processing Emergency Department Orthopedic Test Requests - Process Flow
provides a diagrammatic depiction of how to process specimens collected on
orthopedic patients with a fracture from the Emergency Department.(1)
- When fracture patients presenting to the Emergency Department are likely to require transfusion, it is desirable to ensure that pre-transfusion testing has been done in anticipation of the decision to transfuse, to facilitate timely provision of product by the Transfusion Medicine Laboratory. However, this sometimes leads to requests for pre-transfusion testing in circumstances that are rarely associated with the need for transfusion. Avoiding unnecessary testing is good stewardship of laboratory resources that are better used in other ways.
- This algorithm has been developed to assist decision-making when pre-transfusion testing is requested for fracture patients in the Emergency Department.
purposes of this document, the following definitions apply:
|Term, abbreviation, acronym, etc.||Definition|
|Process Flow||A method of visually documenting the stages involved in performing a certain procedure. Examples include decision algorithm, value stream map, process flow chart or table (2).|
|Process Flow Chart or Table||A visual representation of the steps in a process (3). In a chart, standard symbols with defined actions are used.|
|Decision Algorithm||A visual tool outlining the steps involved in an 'if/then' decision process|