In the laboratory, critical values are results that must be communicated quickly to prevent morbidity and mortality in patients. Laboratories use different approaches to report critical values in hematology to improve patient outcomes. This presentation will review current regulations around critical value reporting as they relate to hematology and coagulation, assess previous and current methods of critical value reporting, and examine how some laboratories currently handle critical value reporting. This information can help you determine if your laboratory's critical value reporting in hematology works efficiently to improve patient care.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Define requirements for critical value reporting.
- Identify hematologic critical value resulting issues.
- Review technologies used to communicate critical values.
- Implement strategies to effectively and efficiently communicate hematologic critical values.
Mandy Flannery-O'Leary, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Pathology Informatics; Assistant Director, Division of Transfusion Medicine and Coagulation
Texas Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Doctoral Scientists, Pathologists' Assistants, Laboratory Managers, Students