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Keys to avoid repetitive lab testing in your hospital

New research from doctors at Johns Hopkins University and other organizations reveals repetitive lab testing for hospitalized patients is costly and unnecessary. Constant blood draws can also lead to hospital-acquired anemia and a variety of complications.

A paper published last month in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal found that unnecessary blood draws can deplete a patient’s hemoglobin count, often leading to unnecessary repeat testing.

As a result, 20% of hospitalized patients can develop moderate to severe hospital-acquired anemia. This spiral may then lead to additional unnecessary tests, interventions and costs.

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