Making the case for ending routine blood tests

The practice of ordering routine blood tests for patients attending hospital regardless of clinical need is wasteful and potentially damaging, argue trauma and orthopaedic experts.

Writing in the BMJ, the UK specialists state the practice “may be acting as a psychological comfort blanket for clinicians, masking over-reliance on investigations or under-confidence in clinical judgement”.

While they acknowledge that blood tests remain important diagnostic tools, they argue “fear of missing important clinical details and the potential for subsequent litigation are intuitively drivers for