A 3 page paper that explains the need for quick blood test results and makes a proposal to make changes to bring about faster turnaround time between the ED and the lab. It may require facility re-structuring in some cases and it may mean adopting a very complex but excellent process of change. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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to the stress levels of everyone, patients and families, nurses and assistants and doctors. Too often, medical professionals can not make an accurate diagnosis without the results of the tests.
This may be especially true with patients complaining of chest pain or other symptoms that may signify a heart attack. This essay explains the need for quick results and
makes a proposal to make changes to bring about faster turnaround time. It may require facility re-structuring in some cases and it may mean adopting a very complex but excellent
process of change. Problem Anyone who has ever been in an emergency department or knows someone who has had this experience, knows that getting any kind of lab tests
back can take hours. The delay can be dangerous because the doctor cannot make a proper diagnosis without test results and patients experience even higher stress levels, which is not
good for anything. These patients and other patients or visitor also know that the laboratories are very often on a different floor than the emergency room, in fact, they may
be at the other side of the building. Blood tests are crucial for diagnosing a heart attack. Certain tests must be conducted within very specific periods of time to know
whether or not a patient complaining of chest pains is having or has had a heart attack (American Clinical Laboratory Association, 2009; Coons and Courtois, 2009). There are at least
three markers associated with a cardiac incident: Toropnin is related to the heart muscle pumping, Myoglobin is related to the oxygen the heart needs to pump the blood, and creatine
kinase, which can show any damage to a persons heart (American Clinical Laboratory Association, 2009). If there is a heart attack, Toropnin begins to increase in three to six hours