Test Results - Chronic Critical Values - Repeat Results

When a repeat test value is still critical but is showing improvement, does it still need to be considered a "critical result" and reported in that time frame?

This is a matter of definition and each organization can define for itself the circumstances under which a test result is considered "critical." It is permissible to define "critical results" differently for repeat tests. For example, this may be represented as different "panic value" limits for repeat tests or may be based on the direction of change in the subsequent test results. The default, however, should be to treat the repeat result as a critical result.
Last updated on April 11, 2016
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

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