Pending Tests and Results
- Obtain information about tests and studies completed in hospital but have results pending
- Add pending tests and results to the Patient Care Plan, including which clinician is responsible for getting final results
- Encourage patient to discuss tests with PCP, point out where the information is on the Patient Care Plan
It is common for a patient to be discharged before all tests are completed or test results are known. Because these tests and results may bring new findings that require a change in the patient’s treatment plan after discharge, ensure all incomplete tests and pending test results are included on the Patient Care Plan. Bring this information to the patient’s attention and tell the patient that he or she should ask about these tests and results at follow-up appointments.