Gary L. Milburn

A needle, a patient and a tube: The challenge of phlebotomy

A needle, a patient and a tube: The challenge of phlebotomy

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It is commonly accepted that over 70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results and now more than ever those results are used to make rehospitalization decisions. To provide a closer look at some of the challenges faced by long term care service providers, let's explore the role of a key partner in patient careā€”the phlebotomist.

Laboratory as a partner in reducing hospital readmission rates

Laboratory as a partner in reducing hospital readmission rates

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Readmissions are a major problem in U.S. healthcare. LTC facilities are no longer lone providers in the health of a patient, but rather are a partner in the continuum of care from the initial admission of the patient to a hospital till the patient returns to their home environment or is transferred to hospice care.