Reducing the Cost of Daily Phlebotomy

Objective: To determine whether simply being made continually aware of the hospital costs of daily phlebotomy would reduce the amount of phlebotomy ordered for nonintensive care unit surgical patients. Conclusion: Health care providers being made aware of the cost of phlebotomy can decrease the amount of these tests ordered and result in significant savings for the hospital.

 

Elizabeth A. Stuebing, MD, MPH; Thomas J. Miner, MD