Reducing Inappropriate Lab Ordering in General Internal Medicine Units at Misericordia Hospital

Student Researcher:
Krystle Samways

Supervisor / Principle Investigator:
Dr. Mona Gill

Additional Authors:
Pam Mathura

MD Class of 2021


With the increasing focus on resource stewardship in hospital care, it is important for hospitals to review proper lab ordering to reduce costs and improve patient experience. The aim of this project was to determine if inappropriate lab ordering was an issue at the Misericordia Community Hospital (MCH), and to reduce total CBC(D), electrolytes and creatinine tests ordered by 35% with a focus reduction of urea by 50% during the three-month study period of August 20, 2018 to November 30, 2018. This project is a continuation of an initial quality improvement project in GIM completed at the University of Alberta Hospital.