In this cohort of patients discharged from 2 academic medical centers, all of which had pending tests at the time of discharge, only 25% of the discharge summaries included some information about pending tests, and 13% mentioned all the pending tests. Only 2/3 provided information on follow up provider. Substantial improvements need to be made in ensuring follow-up of pending tests at the time of discharge (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.