I'm seeing our providers placing an order for labs that reads like this: “Order routine fasting labs.” I have an issue with this because we do not have any policy or protocol that spells out what ‘routine' fasting labs are (BMP, CMP, glucose or lipids???) and a reason is not included (sign or symptom). Do you know of any basic ‘standard of care' that covers this topic and makes it alright for an order to read like this? Can anyone point me to guidance or a policy specifically re: protocol for ordering "routine" labs?

Thanks so much.