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Reviewing blood test results: a worthwhile chore or a waste of time?
  1. Peter N Swallow,
  2. Claire Vincent,
  3. Karen Edwards
  1. Poole Emergency Department, Poole Hospital, Poole, Dorset, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P N Swallow
 1A Snowdon Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 9HL, UK; peteswallow{at}

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It has previously been the practice of many emergency departments (ED) in the UK to routinely review the blood test results of all discharged patients. This time-consuming job is usually performed by a middle grade doctor to act as a safety net in case significantly abnormal blood tests were not acted upon at the time of presentation. We looked …

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