How do I … implement diagnostic management teams in transfusion medicine?

Jenna Wade, Christina L. Dean, Scott M. Krummey, John D. Roback, Harold C. Sullivan

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Diagnostic management teams (DMTs) were conceptualized approximately twenty years ago in response to increasing subspecialization in medicine. DMTs are a collaboration between diagnostic experts and clinicians that aim to improve accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment of disease. Diagnostic experts provide their expertise in the increasingly complex realm of laboratory testing and interpretation of those test results to guide appropriate test utilization for individual patients. Not only can this approach improve patient care and safety, but DMTs also decrease healthcare costs by reducing unnecessary testing and potential diagnostic errors. Following the DMT construct and principles along with the 2015 National Academy of Medicine recommendations, our transfusion medicine (TM) service streamlined the workup and management of platelet refractory (PR) patients by developing and implementing a formal PR laboratory consult. The goals of this DMT and consult are to improve diagnostic management of PR patients and to decrease delays in providing these patients with appropriate and compatible platelet units. A comprehensive interpretation of test results is directly uploaded to the patient's electronic medical record (EMR), which is associated with a CPT code allowing for compensation for the PR evaluation. Herein we describe the development of and experience with the DMT since its implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Hematology


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