We use posttreatment sheets at our hospital, which list the tests we run most often. The doctors use them to indicate patients’ required follow-up tests. For example, repeating a urine culture after a patient completes antibiotic therapy. The sheets are fluorescent yellow, making them easy to spot in the patients’ records. These forms also have a “Special requests” section at the bottom where the doctor can add details, such as “Patient to receive antibiotics for three weeks, then reculture one week post-meds.” --Dr. Thomas Polehinke East Meadow, N.Y.
To save time when searching through the medical records and lab results of patients that need frequent follow-up diagnostic testing, we attach this patient summary sheet to the top right-hand side of each patient's medical record folder. We use the sheet for everything from follow-up renal profiles to thyroid testing to ultrasonographic examinations. When a client calls to find out when his or her pet's next procedure is due, we can easily and quickly retrieve the information. Of course, we still send follow-up notices. --Dr. Mark Russak Kensington, Conn.