Table 1

ACEM/RCPA test ordering guidelines

Perform testElectrolytes/urea/creatinine, glucose, troponin, full blood count
Consider or ask supervisorD-dimer, liver function test
Generally not indicatedAll tests not listed in the categories above, eg, blood cultures, coagulation studies, calcium phosphate albumin, urate, lipase, C reactive protein, creatine kinase, drug level, blood group/antibody screen, blood gas, urinalysis
  • ACEM, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine; RCPA, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.