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Happy MLK Day
January 17, 2015 3:37 PM by Glen McDaniel
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. Best known as “the slain civil rights leader” his mission was fighting for civil rights through nonviolent means. His birthday is now a federal holiday celebrated in all 50 states, Read More...
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What Has Happened to the DCLS Degree?
January 11, 2015 5:12 PM by Glen McDaniel
For several years now there has been talk about a doctorate in Medical Laboratory Science (DCLS). This idea was advanced by ASCLS to support the idea that medical laboratory science has a unique, distinct, significant body of knowledge that MLS practitioners Read More...
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Time to Reflect on 2014 and Plan for 2015
December 26, 2014 12:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
The year is winding down and it is traditional to start looking forward to the next year. This is the time of year when we traditionally start thinking about what changes we will make in the New Year. Some have already started penning their New Year's Read More...
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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...
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Happy Thanksgiving to You
November 24, 2014 1:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a few days the country will be celebrating Thanksgiving,but this festive holiday means different things to different people. To many it will be a day off from work, a time to spend with family, to over-eat and drink too much. It will be a time when Read More...
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Has Ebola Suddenly Gone Away?
November 15, 2014 6:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just a few short weeks ago, Ebola was the talk of the town. Both the lay public and healthcare professionals seemed consumed with the topic. Entire cottage industries were born to supply Ebola-proof personal protective equipment (PPE) and to teach Ebola Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Medical Lab Science to be Featured on Television
September 7, 2014 7:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
The medical laboratory science profession will be featured on the Leading Edge , an award-winning program on public television that examines impactful subjects and helps to educate the public about topics they might not otherwise know about; or know very Read More...
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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...
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Less is More: Time to Discontinue Redundant Processes
August 3, 2014 7:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
As laboratorians we tend to be masters (and mistresses) of multitasking and completing tasks. Ever wondered why we have so many checklists, worksheets and forms? Computerization has simply moved some of that documentation to a new format. OK, so as scientists Read More...
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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...
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