Critical Result

An investigation result becomes critical when, exceeding actionable thresholds, it suggests imminent danger for the patient unless appropriate intervention is initiated promptly.

Accreditation standards (e.g., ISO:15,189; Joint Commission) hold that a results reporting system should deliver the correct result to the appropirate clinician in a time-frame that ensures patient safety.

Related Concepts

    • Synonyms: Urgent, Critical Test Results Management, CTRM, Critical Test Results Reporting, Closed-Loop Reporting, CSD

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