Journal Article

Decoding laboratory test names: a major challenge to appropriate patient care.

Passiment E, Meisel JL, Fontanesi J, et al. Journal of general internal medicine. 2013;28:453-8.

This commentary identifies the lack of standardized abbreviations for common laboratory tests as a potential patient safety threat, as clinicians may inadvertently order incorrect or duplicative tests. A prior study found a significant incidence of incorrect test ordering, despite use of a computerized provider order entry system.