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Standard admission order sets promote ordering of unnecessary investigations: a quasi-randomised evaluation in a simulated setting.
Leis B, Frost A, Bryce R, Coverett K. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26:938-940.
Although standard admission order sets can enhance safety, they may lead to overtesting and overtreatment. In this simulation study, researchers found that when admission orders included the option of a nonindicated laboratory test, medical trainees and attending physicians were more likely to order those tests for a cardiac patient. A previous WebM&M commentary highlighted limits and pitfalls of order sets.