most common order. After the IT department removed this from the most commonly ordered diagnostic exams we were
able to reduce the occurrence of these
from 4–5 times daily to zero. This saved
imaging staff and nursing staff valuable
time by avoiding an incorrect order.
Another example involves a patient
scheduled for an outpatient radiology
procedure. The patient identification
sticker sheets must be verified individually in order to appropriately label specimens and forms for radiology procedures.
Upon verifying each individual sticker for
the procedure with the patient armband
and patient, the technologist noticed that
there were two different patient stickers on the sheet of patient information
labels. This could have led to mislabeled
specimens for the procedure. We worked
with registration and IT to add a very
simple step where the stickers now print
off one blank in between each patient to
prevent the registrars from tearing the row
of stickers off with other patient stickers.
While returning patients from radiology to their rooms, the transporter recognized a significant change in patient
Figure 1 • Good Catch Form
Figure 2 • Good Catch Board