The Tribune 25th Oct 2018
Laboratory tests are important
diagnostic tools, central to guiding the investigation and management of many
acute and chronic conditions. However, requesting a standard battery of blood
tests without due regard to clinical indication has become the norm.
Ordering the “full house” of blood count, urea and
electrolytes, liver function tests, and C reactive protein might just be acting
as a psychological comfort blanket for clinicians, masking an over-reliance on
investigations or a lack of confidence in clinical judgment.
In some cases, it may be dictated
by the policy of ‘profit targets’ of the corporate hospital.