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Overused/Misused Tests: Good Literature Support

Slide 7

November 2011

Now, let's take a look at the overuse and misused tests. There is actually good literature support to suggest that bleeding time, single-stranded DNA, Total T4, T3 uptake, thyroid testing in hospitalized patients and the Schilling test for pernicious anemia are no longer indicated. Now, what I'm talking about for thyroid testing in hospitalized patients is not patients who present to your emergency department with suspected thyrotoxicosis or myxedema. What I'm referring to instead is patients who have been hospitalized several days in your hospital and your physicians may request a test or thyroid testing. That's not the time to do thyroid testing.

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