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Press Start: Lead an Empowered Life as a Clinical Laboratorian

Labs Have a Role in Fighting Diagnostic Error
November 14, 2015 10:58 AM by Glen McDaniel
In 1999 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published that seminal report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. We can all recite the much-quoted statistics that medical errors result in between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths in this country each and Read More...
Has Theranos Passed the Sniff Test?
September 12, 2015 3:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just a few short years ago healthcare technology company Theranos burst on the scene. This company founded by a non-scientist college dropout Elizabeth Holmes is now a billion-dollar success story. Holmes’ differentiating edge is to make lab tests available Read More...
Why are Pharmacists Practicing Medicine?
August 30, 2015 6:31 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few days ago I was speaking to a physician, an ID specialist, who shared how frustrated he was with, as he put it, “pharmacists telling us how to practice medicine.” He is a member of a healthcare organization which, like many today, has a fairly specific Read More...
Is Proficiency Testing Enough to Prove Accuracy?
July 4, 2015 6:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
Proficiency Testing (PT) is just part of life for most laboratories. Laboratories are sent challenges (unknown samples) which they test like patient samples and then submit their results. An agency like CAP then grades the result against those submitted Read More...
Person of the Year: The Medical Laboratorian
December 21, 2014 1:48 PM by Glen McDaniel
As we come towards the end of the year several publications generate lists, perform annual reviews and select the most newsworthy items for that year. One eagerly anticipated “contest” every year is the Time Magazine Person of the Year (POTY). This year Read More...
Soon an Entire Lab on a Chip?
December 11, 2014 10:29 AM by Glen McDaniel
Bigger is not always better, it turns out. It seems our appliances, gadgets and instruments are getting smaller; or at least coming in smaller versions, even as they have more capability. I was watching an old crime movie this past weekend and burst out Read More...
Should Every Laboratory “Clinical Problem” be Handled by a Pathologist?
November 1, 2014 10:52 PM by Glen McDaniel
It seems that experiences always occur in groups. Recently I had 3 separate but similar experiences that made me decide to write this blog. Laboratorians on an online forum were discussing recent issues that their particular labs faced with nursing, such Read More...
Get Back to Basics: Ebola and Other Things
October 22, 2014 5:46 PM by Glen McDaniel
It is extremely important to get back to basics in whatever we do. This simple edict is so often ignored because- well, because it is so basic. We tend to go for the complicated and glitzy. I thought about this truism when the CDC issued its new more Read More...
Is Your Lab Prepared for Ebola?
October 10, 2014 7:21 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just a few short months ago Ebola was a disease in a far away continent. The greatest fear was that with our internationally mobile population a case or two might slip into the USA. Then 2 Americans in Liberia contracted the disease and were flown back Read More...
What’s Your Lab Doing about IQCP?
October 8, 2014 9:41 AM by Glen McDaniel
Why do we run quality control in the laboratory? The simple, obvious answer is to ensure that the entire test system working together is able to produce reliable results. The rub lies in the concept of reliability. So we run QC based on manufacturer’s Read More...
Lab’s Role in Pay for Performance
September 20, 2014 6:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
The concept of Pay for performance (P4P) is based on the use of incentives to encourage and reinforce the delivery of evidence-based clinical practices in health care; with the goal of better outcomes. As the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed, major Read More...
What Do Doctors Want from the Laboratory?
August 17, 2014 3:05 PM by Glen McDaniel
As anyone reads my writing knows I am a huge proponent of a more independent practice model for Medical Laboratory Scientists (and MLTs to a degree). A component of that model would be closer interaction with physicians and a willingness and ability to Read More...
Controlling Laboratory Overutilization Through Formularies
August 2, 2014 3:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
The overutilization of laboratory tests continues to be the bane of laboratory and hospital management. Overutilization is troublesome for several reasons, of course. - Laboratory professionals are frustrated by clear misuse of tests and sometimes needless Read More...
Ebola Outbreak: What Do You Tell Friends?
July 29, 2014 2:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
The most recent Ebola Virus outbreak has made the national news. This highly contagious virus of the family Filoviridae , genus Ebolavirus causes a hemorrhagic illness that approaches 90 percent mortality. This latest episode in West Africa has claimed Read More...
Here's Another Opportunity to Help Physicians and Patients
October 19, 2013 7:20 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a recent article , Dr. Diane Shannon talked very poignantly of the reason she left the practice of medicine. Shannon said she was burnt out and wanted to be another addition to the statistic that suicide is higher among female physicians than among Read More...


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