VUMC's ‘Choosing Wisely’ initiative to reduce repetitive lab tests
A Vanderbilt University Medical Center initiative being led by teams of resident physicians is reducing repetitive lab tests and making a visible impact on health care delivery, according to a VUMC release.
What began as a friendly challenge prompted by the Choosing Wisely campaign, a national initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) focused on encouraging increased communication between health care providers and patients about the overuse of laboratory tests and procedures, is creating change at VUMC.
At hospitals across the nation morning blood tests and other frequently performed lab tests have become an entrenched ritual. The Choosing Wisely campaign asks doctors everywhere to consider alternatives to incremental tests performed on patients that may not yield meaningful information.
Since April, VUMC’s Choosing Wisely campaign has resulted in the following:
* Avoided $194,954 in patients’ medical bills
* Prevented 7,862 ml of patients’ blood (more than 2 gallons) from being drawn
* Eliminated 1,572 redundant lab tests
“The beauty of this entire process is that it has been led by a group of residents from multiple departments across the institution,” Dr. Donald Brady, VU senior associate dean for graduate