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Clinical Laboratorian Consultation Improving Diagnosis and Reducing Cost

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From the 2018 Annual Meeting (July 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM)
Presented by Nadine Fydryszewski, PhD, MLS(ASCP)cm and Brandy Gunsolus MSMLS(ASCP)cm
There are significant opportunities to improve the utilization of laboratory tests, reduce diagnostic error and improve patient safety through consultation with clinicians on the proper test to order and interpretation of test results. Case studies of consultation experiences will be presented to demonstrate the value of interacting directly with clinicians to reduce improper use of laboratory tests, cost savings to the patient and healthcare system and improve patient outcomes.


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to
  1. Describe the consultation of doctoral clinical laboratory scientists (DCLS) on interprofessional teams in three distinct healthcare settings: inpatient patient care rounds (PCRT), diagnostic management teams (DMT) and the clinical laboratory utilization review (UR).
  2. Using case studies evaluate the contribution of DCLS consultation related to patient safety, quality patient care and utilization of laboratory services.
  3. Using case studies, evaluate cost savings associated with DCLS consultation to the patient and the healthcare system.


This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hours and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area Supervision/Administration will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.


This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.