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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1996 Jan;120(1):57-61.

Rapid accurate entry of microbiology results.

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Department of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City 84132, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop techniques to improve efficiency and accuracy of data entry in microbiology, using a commercially available laboratory information system that is keystroke-intensive.

DESIGN:

A combination of technologies, including bar-coded phrase sheets, keyboard macros, and bar-coded specimen labels, are used to automate the entry of commonly used keystroke sequences and combinations of culture findings.

SETTING:

An acute care hospital laboratory.

PARTICIPANTS:

Laboratory technologists.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Feasibility, report error rates, and technologist time.

RESULTS:

Qualitative: implementation of all three technologies proved feasible and practical. Quantitative: a 25-fold decrease in misreported cultures, as well as a 50% saving in reading time for new urine cultures.

CONCLUSIONS:

This set of technologies for keystroke reduction would be of general applicability to laboratories with a variety of different laboratory information systems.

PMID:
8554446
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