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Table 2 Low-value preoperative testing prior to 178,775 OSS 1 procedures in Veterans Health Administration during fiscal year 2019

From: Frequency and costs of low-value preoperative tests for patients undergoing low-risk procedures in the veterans health administration

Preoperative test Percent received >=1 tests Total number Total cost
Complete blood count 33.2% 77,497 $805,438
Basic metabolic profile 32.0% 70,240 $912,317
Urinalysis 26.3% 55,122 $200,930
Electrocardiography 18.9% 54,310 $742,460
Pulmonary function tests 12.4% 52,311 $852,580
Transthoracic echocardiogram 4.5% 8424 $5,499,860
Cardiac stress test 2.0% 3759 $2,490,125
Coagulation test <1% 254 $1458
Chest x-ray 0% 0 0
Total 48.3% 321,917 $11,505,170