As you all know, I've been working at OML (Oregon Medical Labs) for the last 7 months. I really enjoy this job, it's pretty easy...a lot of data entry.
But I have run into something that I see every once in awhile (but not so much that it's a huge problem...just harder for us)that just saddens me that I thought I would pass on to you.
When filling out the forms you receive from the Dr's office...it's always good to print legibly so when you're information is being entered later, we can read what it is that you are writing. We have LOTS of names that just aren't able to be read and LOTS of SS#'s and phone #'s that are very hard to tell what number is what!(you sure don't want your SS # mixed up w/someone elses and get the wrong information or results!) Also...if you ever wonder why they haven't called you when they said they would.....
Also....now, I don't know if this is possible or not...but if you're getting some blood work done...please check to see if the nurse who drew the blood has printed your name on the specimen!! We've had some that are completely unlabled and......we can't test on them! Which mean, a redraw, and if you have little ones or if you are squeemish when it comes to needles...this is not a fun process. We end up having to call the client and tell them the news that there is no info and they need to recollect.
I'm amazed at how many unlegible writings I see and how many unlabled specimens come in. Of coarse, a lot of it due to the Dr or nurse who is in such a hurry to scribble out the information and we have to decipher,(we do call them to verify) but the simple stuff like filling out forms.....would sure help out all the data entry workers a lot!
Ok...just thought I would pass this along!