Repetition of biochemistry tests in a laboratory of public hospital in southwest of Bahia, Brazil, and associated cost

Márlon S. P. Rodrigues, Claudio L. Souza, Márcio V. Oliveira
2017 Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial  
Test repetitions are an age-old practice common to clinical laboratories used primarily for confirmation of results. However, knowing the history of patients, the repetitions become avoidable. They impair the time to release results, increase input consumption, and cost of services. Objectives: to evaluate the difference between the results of the laboratory tests repetitions and the expenditure generated by each additional test. Materials and methods: Data from repeated tests from September to
more » ... November 2015 were used in the laboratory of a public hospital in the state of Bahia, Brazil. The classification of necessary or unnecessary repetition of these tests was performed according to international criteria, with subsequent cost estimation. Results: A total of 1,350 samples were analyzed, with a total of 1,429 repetitions; 1,162 (81.31%) were classified as unnecessary repetitions, generating
doi:10.5935/1676-2444.20170036 fatcat:ptz225iuwzerxpsqf5cbvkatte