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Second Texas Infant Scalded During Heel Stick

Reposted from Phlebotomy Today-STAT! Dana Martinez took her baby to a Texas Hospital for her two-week newborn screening collection. The baby left with second-degree burns on her heel from the prewarming. According to a report posted on KXAN-Austin, the medical assistant performing the puncture at Children’s Health Center in Marble Falls put a gel pack into a… Continue reading →

Blood Draws Key to Positive Patient Experience

On average, hospitalized patients endure 1.5 blood draws per day throughout their admission. That’s not surprising since laboratory results drive 70 percent of clinical decisions. A report recently published in Infection Control & Clinical Quality reports patient satisfaction depends heavily on the patient’s experience with the phlebotomist. Even more so when the patient is a… Continue reading →

Laboratory Industry Faces Scrutiny

(Adapted from an article in the January, 2016 issue of Phlebotomy Today-STAT!.) A scathing investigative report published in November impugned the laboratory industry for being self-regulated and failing to protect patients from serious injury and death. The report, published in the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal Sentinel, highlighted lapses found during a spot inspection by federal regulators… Continue reading →

Hospitals Punished for Spreading Infections

In a report released last month, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) punished 758 facilities for failing to make progress in preventing the frequency of infections among their patients. The fines constitute a one-percent payment reduction to all Medicare discharges over the next year. That equates to a collective loss of $364… Continue reading →

Precision of Single-Drop Blood Tests Questioned

A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology suggests blood counts obtained from a fingerstick may not be as reliable as we think. Researchers at Rice University’s department of Bioengineering collected six consecutive drops of fingerstick blood into separate containers from 11 donors. They also drew comparison samples from a vein in the… Continue reading →