SBLHCSarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (Mattoon, IL)
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Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBLHC) in Matoon, IL, found a dramatic improvement on seven key quality benchmarks after reclaiming phlebotomy for their laboratory (see Table 1).
"Decentralization creates a real disconnect between the patient and the laboratory," says Jodie Warner, MBA, MT(ASCP) DLM, and director of Laboratory Services at SBLHC. "But what really drove us back toward recentralizing our specimen-collection services was the accidental needlestick rate." According to Warner, the facility's accidental needlestick rate declined 83% after recentralizing phlebotomy.