14 December 2015 (Monday) - Blagging Results
Here’s an interesting article from today’s news:
Although it is about nurses rather than biomedical scientists it gave me pause for thought. Basically (among other misdemeanours) two nurses didn’t perform routine near-patient glucose testing; preferring to make the results up themselves.
In the first instance I can’t help but feel that were these tests done in a laboratory setting there would be an audit trail including analyser information which would make getting away with such fabrication of results rather more difficult.
However given a manual system with no such electronic audit trail surely it is actually far easier to do the test than to try to make up plausible results. Such blagged results are going to be rather obvious if and when the patient’s clinical condition deteriorates.