What is the turnaround time for lactate levels at your hospital, from ordering 
to resulted time? Nearly all of our initial lactates are drawn by bedside 
nurses (approx. 70% in ED setting) and sent to the main lab for processing. We 
seem to be averaging about 1.5 hours from order to result and are looking for 
ways to improve.  Is anyone using POCT to obtain lactate levels, especially in 
the Emergency Department?

Thank you for your help.

Brenda L. Carlson MS, BSN, RN
Assistant Quality Officer
Office of Clinical Practice Evaluation
University of Rochester Medical Center
265 Crittenden Blvd., Saunders Research Building, 3.205
585-273-4721
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