EVALUATION OF LABORATORY REQUEST FORMS FOR INCOMPLETE DATA AT A RURAL TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN NIGERIA

Dr Oladeinde Bankole Henry and Richard Omoregie, Eguagie Osareniro Osakue and Adekunle Abdufattai Onifade   (Published 2019)

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Abstract

Abstract
Objective: To determine type and frequency of omission of relevant
data on laboratory request forms at a rural tertiary Hospital in
Nigeria.
Methods: A total of 2,362 laboratory request forms sent to the
Pathology Department of Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital
Okada within a 10 month period were scrutinized for specifi c
parameters. The forms were evaluated to determine what section
was incorrect and/or incomplete and the frequency of such errors.
Results: Data mostly omitted was patient’s age, observed in 48.3%
of request forms reviewed. Complete documentation was only
observed in respect to patients name and signature of attending
physician. The name of the attending physician, however, was
missing in 19.8% of forms audited. Information regarding patient’s
gender and location (ward) in the hospital was absent in 1.1%,
and 20.1% cases respectively. 151(6.4%) of audited forms were
void of working diagnosis, while type of clinical sample was not
documented in 2.7% of laboratory request forms evaluated.
Conclusions: Data mostly omitted in laboratory forms audited
was patient’s age, (48.3%) followed by location of patient
(20.1%). Incomplete data on laboratory request forms can lead to
misdiagnosis and mismanagement of patients. Renewed emphasis
on relevance of completeness of data on laboratory request test
forms is strongly advocated.


Item Type: Journal article(non-copyrighted)
Format: PDF document,   460.32 KB
Copyright: Creative Commons LicenseCreative Commons license
Keywords: MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
Department: Medical Laboratory Science
Field of Study: Medical Laboratory Science
Uploaded By: Uwaifo Ferdinand
Date Added: 28 Feb 2019 11:48am
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019
Journal URL: https://www.edouniversity.edu.ng/oer/journal/evaluation_of_laboratory_request_forms_for_incomplete_data_at_a_rural_tertiary_hospital_in_nigeria


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