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Allocation of Resources

As a healthcare professional, you have a dual responsibility when it comes to allocation of resources. Your primary concern must be the welfare of the patients you serve. However, you also have to consider the well-being of the organization. Therefore, both quality and cost must be considered when ordering, dispensing, or using resources in your job performance. Be careful not to waste resources, but use what is needed to ensure patient safety. As one trusted resource states, "When a trade-off exists between cost and quality (of testing reagents or analyzers, for example) ethical issues may need to be considered: What is best for patients generally? How can the most good be done with the available resources?"*

*Reference: Bruns DE, Rousseau FA, Burtis CA. Clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory medicine, In Burtis CA, Bruns DE. Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2015: 3-5.