UCSF Medical Center Reduces Unnecessary Blood Draws by 10% Under Initiative Launched Last Year
Blood draws are down by 10% at the UC-San Francisco Medical Center since it launched a campaign to discourage physicians from conducting unnecessary draws in an effort to reduce potential harm. The initiative -- called "Think Twice, Stick Once" -- began in July last year with the goal of reducing draws among patients by 5% during the 2014-2015 academic year. In the five-month period after Oct. 1, 2014, blood draws were down 10%, from 2.1 per day to 1.9 per day.
- "Doctors, Stop Sticking Your Patients So Often" (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 3/19).