Critical values now on our website

(Aotea News, April 2012)

Quickly and accurately communicating patients’ critical test results is a core task for our laboratory team.

We face many challenges in this reporting -- such as determining which tests to include and deciding the (clinically) relevant thresholds for communication -- and we believe your active involvement will help improve how we do this Our list of critical values is part of our internal Quality Management system. You can find the list on our website by going to Clinician information > Reporting results.

We would like your comments -- particularly on the content of the list, the critical value thresholds and anything relating to communication of critical values. Email them to pathologist@apath.co.nz.

Reference: Pathology Consultation on Reporting of Critical Values. American Journal of Clinical
Pathology
. 2001; 135(4): 505—513. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/741474.

Critical values analysis