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RFID: No More Hide and Seek
July 14, 2016 6:56 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless, non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields that transfer data for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags containing electronically stored information attached to Read More...
IQCP: Bridging QC and QA
May 11, 2016 2:50 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
It appears that there is still some confusion among laboratory personnel in differentiating QC from QA, and that this uncertainty has been compounded by the introduction and implementation of the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). These are different Read More...
Adding New Staff to an Old Team
October 6, 2015 8:00 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Sometimes, you have the good fortune to find qualified staff within a short time to replace those who have left, minimizing the disruption to your daily routine. More often than not, it takes a while to find the “right” person for your lab. In the meantime, Read More...
Assess the Quality of Your Waived Testing
September 2, 2015 9:30 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
According to CMS, there were 229,815 laboratories in the U.S. , in 2012, of which 150,256 were Certificate of Waiver sites. Stated another way, this means that some 65 percent of laboratories in the U.S. do not have any routine oversight. The number of Read More...
Apples to Apples
June 3, 2014 11:54 AM by Nancy Alers
Were you ever one of those techs that questioned the utility of parallel testing? Ok, I admit it, me too! I used to think that lot-to-lot verification, also referred to as crossover studies or parallel testing, was a nuisance, but that is because I didn’t Read More...
World Wide Records
April 17, 2014 1:28 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
One of the key activities of a laboratory is maintaining complete and comprehensive documentation of all activities carried out. Every step of the testing process -- from requisitioning tests; to specimen acquisition, labeling, handling, and storage; Read More...
Top 5 Deficiencies for Laboratories, Part II
April 1, 2014 1:24 PM by Nancy Alers
In part II of this blog, we will touch on Calibration and Quality Assurance. These two areas are among the most common areas of deficiencies and also tend to be frequently cited. Calibration: I get it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Calibration being Read More...
Waived Testing: The Last Mountain
January 20, 2014 11:08 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Have you noticed how much more attention waived testing is getting these days? We know that CLIA has defined waived tests as laboratory procedures which employ methodologies that are so simple and accurate as to render the likelihood of erroneous results Read More...
Continuing Education
July 10, 2013 2:23 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
Nowadays, ensuring that your staff is adequately educated involves so much more than it did a few years ago. Everything is changing so quickly that it is no longer enough just to hire staff that have the desired degrees and technical training; that's Read More...
There IS an 'I' in Teamwork
March 7, 2013 1:59 PM by Nancy Alers
I don't think anybody who enlists in the military fully understands what to expect while in basic training. I sure didn't! It's not until you step foot in a compartment full of strangers, all from different backgrounds, and you are presented with the Read More...


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