Nursing initiative increases lipid tests

04/18/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

When Kaiser Permanente nurses in Colorado were allowed to order nonfasting cholesterol tests and use electronic medical records to point out missing data, the number of completed lipid profiles among members ages 40 to 80 rose from 77.3% to 83.3%, according to a study presented at the PCNA Annual Symposium. The data allowed Framingham risk scores to be calculated for 15,000 additional members in the first year. "We try to do everything we can to help each member of the health care team work to the full limits of their scope of practice," said registered nurse and study presenter Sally Foland.

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