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Building Effective Educational Outreach
September 21, 2016 2:57 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
In a medical office setting, the general office staff is often part of the de facto laboratory operation due to their responsibilities related to initially seeing and communicating with patients. This includes the intake and update of patient information, Read More...
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Millennials Redefine Quality
August 31, 2016 4:23 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
The impact of Millennials’ interpretations and expectations of quality service from the healthcare profession in general—and laboratories in particular—continues to grow with each passing year. Now the largest generation demographically, Millennials are Read More...
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Managing Your Inventory
February 22, 2016 11:52 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
The importance of properly managing inventory so that supplies for all phases of testing in your laboratory are available, accessible and in-date is critical, not only for providing quality patient care, but for the fiscal solvency, operational efficiency, Read More...
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Do You Speak IT? (Part 2)
January 11, 2016 11:35 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Today, we continue with our discussion of commonly misused terms in healthcare information technology (IT). The recent and rapid development of this technology, as well as the evolving applications of these same terms, opens up the possibility of misinterpreted Read More...
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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...
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Different Shifts, Different Worlds -- Part I: Consistency Between Shifts
October 20, 2014 11:38 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Have you noticed that when you work a different shift, it almost feels like you are working in a different lab? Whether we compare day/evening, evening/night or night/day interfaces, we often have different priorities, different responsibilities and different Read More...
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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...
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Not Another STAT, Please!
April 29, 2014 10:46 AM by Nancy Alers
Recently, CRI had a webinar, titled “Effective Laboratory Utilization: New Health Care Models,” and somehow the word utilization made me think of STATs. It made me remember the years when I was right out of lab school and was often stressed out every Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Expecto Patronum!
June 13, 2013 1:47 PM by Nancy Alers
The advent and implementation of mass spectrometry for routine analysis in the clinical laboratory has revolutionized testing in specialties such as toxicology, endocrinology, microbiology, genetics, etc. This methodology offers many unparalleled advantages Read More...
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