UCSF’s Think Twice, Stick Once campaign aims to curb unnecessary venipunctures.
Doctors, stop sticking your patients so many times for redundant blood work during hospital stays, especially when results won’t affect your clinical decisions. It’s not always that urgent, blood draws add costs, and it’s not much fun for patients to get poked with a sharp needle multiple times a day.
I know it would make me grouchy. Besides, you might be causing or hastening their anemia.
Those are among the themes in the UCSF Medical Center’s Think Twice, Stick Once campaign that began last July through the efforts of young University of California San Francisco internal medicine house staff doctors led by Daniel Wheeler, MD.
by Cheryl Clark