ORDERING STAT REQUESTS
Emergency (RED) Requisition
The red, Emergency Laboratory requisition is the only automatic STAT
requisition. It lists the most frequently ordered tests that are
available STAT. Any test ordered on this requisition will be performed
and charged as a STAT procedure. For additional tests that may be
ordered STAT, see the complete listing in
Emergency Room (ORANGE) Requisition (8x11) Sheet
All tests indicated on the orange Emergency Sheet except ESR, are
ordered STAT, and are performed and charged as a STAT procedure.
A STAT request must be clearly indicated by marking STAT on the
requisition. Also, both the source and the test ordered must be
indicated on the requisition.
Other Requisition Types
Other requisitions may be used for STAT ordering but must indicate
STAT by writing STAT on the requisition. Please note that only
specific tests listed in
Reporting STAT's. Reporting Procedures are
reported STAT within an hour.
PRIORITY OF ORDERS
These orders are placed for specific tests that are needed on an
emergency basis. STAT results on these tests are available in one hour
or less after receipt of specimen.
The orders known as "STAT in the AM draws" will be drawn with the 0600
rounds and delivered to the Laboratory in a timely manner. Analysis
will not be done STAT, but samples are analyzed same day before any
routine samples. Results will be available approximately 2 hours after
arrival in the Laboratory.
All laboratory tests are requisitioned "Routine" unless otherwise
indicated. Analysis start times and analytical time to perform the
test vary depending on type of testing to be done. Please consult
the individual test listings in the Lab Handbook for the approximate
turn-around-time of specific tests.
With a verbal request, STAT add on requests are run immediately on the
next available run. A written requisition must follow any verbal
request for an add-on test
STAT INPATIENT TESTING
Phlebotomy services (inpatient phlebotomy performed by Nursing, LNAs
and Patient Care Techs) are available to draw STAT blood specimens and
are reached according to the protocol in each nursing unit. Because of
the possibility of multiple STAT requests, the staff will respond on a
first-come-first served basis.
Requisitions must be filled out entirely, marked "STAT", accompanied by
the appropriate number of addressograph labels, and attached to the
clipboard at the nursing station.
SPECIAL STAT CIRCUMSTANCES
Occasionally, tests can be done on an emergency basis if the routine
turn-around-time is too long for the clinical situation. These will
require an evaluation on a case by case basis and approval from a
Pathologist. For help, please contact the Laboratory at extension
Offsite STAT Testing
Occasionally, emergent cases may develop with outreach clients
(non DHMC provider) which requires STAT testing on a sample. Include
"STAT" on the outpatient requisition, and if possible alert the Lab at
(603) 650-2200 of the special need. Include the name of the person to
contact with results and a phone, beeper, or fax number.