Pathology Testing in Emergency Department
- *Corresponding Author:
- Smriti Agnihotri
Department of Pathology
SSR Medical College, Mauritius
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 12, 2013; Accepted Date: February 13, 2013; Published Date: February 20, 2013
Citation: Smriti A, Arun Kumar A (2013) Pathology Testing in Emergency Department. Emergency Med 3:134. doi:10.4172/2165-7548.1000134
Copyright: © 2013 Smriti A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Dealing of medical emergencies and better patient care with good outcomes hugely depends on the timely asked pathology test reports. However pathology should be used only for the urgent issues and not for the non urgent complaints leading to associated morbidity. It is the responsibility of junior doctors and medical emergency doctors to assess the magnitude of urgent problem, making diagnosis and order for those pathology tests that can help in supporting the diagnosis and further management of patient. This will ensure the best timely help to the patient and will reduce the burden of pathology labs. This article will add and emphasize the knowledge of right test at the right time on the right patient. Most efficient way for the best patient care and better utilization of laboratory services is to order the tests required, in a single collection. To minimize the wasteful testing in emergencies, STAT tests have been described. These tests should be urgently done for the diagnosis and treatment of patient as any delay can be life threatening. Results for the tests should be ready within the span of one hour or less.