P J Howanitz
Affiliation: State University of New York
- Employee competence and performance-based assessment: A college of American pathologists Q-probes study of larboratory personnel in 522 institutionsP J Howanitz
Department of Pathology, State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 124:195-202. 2000..To survey employee competence assessment practices in departments of pathology and laboratory medicine and provide suggestions for improvement...
- Laboratory critical values policies and procedures: a college of American Pathologists Q-Probes Study in 623 institutionsPeter J Howanitz
Department of Pathology, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn 11203, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 126:663-9. 2002..Critical values lists have been used for many years to decide when to notify physicians and other caregivers of potentially life-threatening situations; however, these lists have not been studied widely...
- Continuous wristband monitoring over 2 years decreases identification errors: a College of American Pathologists Q-Tracks StudyPeter J Howanitz
Department of Pathology, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 126:809-15. 2002..Identification of patients is one of the first steps in ensuring the accuracy of laboratory results. In the United States, hospitalized patients wear wristbands to aid in their identification, but wristbands errors are frequently found...
- Interinstitutional variation in glycohemoglobin monitoring and glycemic control of diabetic patientsP N Valenstein
Department of Pathology, St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 0995, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 125:191-7. 2001..To compare how frequently institutions monitor glycohemoglobin in diabetic patients, the level of glycemic control achieved and to identify institutional factors associated with higher rates of monitoring and lower glycohemoglobin levels...
- Laboratory results. Timeliness as a quality attribute and strategyJ H Howanitz
Dept of Pathology, Box 25, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA
Am J Clin Pathol 116:311-5. 2001..All the steps from test ordering to results reporting should be monitored and steps taken to improve the processes. Various strategies to improve TAT at each step in the testing process are discussed...
- Evaluation of total serum calcium critical valuesJoan H Howanitz
Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 130:828-30. 2006..Total serum calcium commonly is included in critical results lists; however, a wide range of values are used and there is scant outcome data justifying inclusion of this analyte in these lists...
- Errors in laboratory medicine: practical lessons to improve patient safetyPeter J Howanitz
Department of Pathology, State University of New York Downstate, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 129:1252-61. 2005..These databases include the CAP's Q-Probes and Q-Tracks programs, which provide information on error rates from more than 130 interlaboratory studies...
- Audit of transfusion procedures in 660 hospitals. A College of American Pathologists Q-Probes study of patient identification and vital sign monitoring frequencies in 16494 transfusionsDavid A Novis
Department of Pathology, Wentworth Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH 03820, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 127:541-8. 2003..Hemolytic transfusion reactions are often the result of failure to follow established identification and monitoring procedures...
- Q-tracks: a College of American Pathologists program of continuous laboratory monitoring and longitudinal trackingRichard J Zarbo
Department of Pathology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich 48202, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 126:1036-44. 2002....
- Continuous monitoring of stat and routine outlier turnaround times: two College of American Pathologists Q-Tracks monitors in 291 hospitalsDavid A Novis
Department of Pathology, Wentworth Douglas Hospital, Dover, NH 03820, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 128:621-6. 2004..The laboratory test turnaround times (TATs) that exceed the expectations of clinicians who order those tests, the so-called outlier test reporting rates, may be responsible for perceptions of inadequate laboratory service...
- Comparative analytical costs of central laboratory glucose and bedside glucose testing: a College of American Pathologists Q-Probes studyPeter J Howanitz
Department of Pathology, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn 11203 2098, USA
Arch Pathol Lab Med 128:739-45. 2004..Although fully automated central laboratory glucose testing and semiautomated bedside glucose testing (BGT) are performed at most institutions, rigorous determinations of interinstitutional comparative costs have not been performed...
- Evaluation of serum and whole blood sodium critical valuesJoan H Howanitz
Dept of Pathology, SUNY Downstate, New York, NY, USA
Am J Clin Pathol 127:56-9. 2007..The mortality rates of hyponatremic and hypernatremic inpatients were 19% and 48%, respectively. Disease severity as measured by length of stay and mortality indicated these critical limits should not be broadened...