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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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Are You More Than a Passive Technician?
July 26, 2014 5:59 PM by Glen McDaniel
I recently saw a discussion on a Medical Laboratory page on a popular social networking site. Someone started off a thread detailing an encounter with a nurse in which a request was made that was so ludicrous it was funny. Others weighed in with accounts Read More...
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Here's to Your Independence
July 4, 2014 1:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
I do not often repeat posts, blog or articles. However I have received several requests for a repost of this blog. One kind reader from Massachusets wrote, "That is the singular most emotional call I have read in a while. Please reprint on July 4th. Do Read More...
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What Message are You Sending?
June 21, 2014 3:33 PM by Glen McDaniel
In business school my marketing professor was fond of saying, “Marketing is everything.” It was tempting to see this view as the opinion of an overzealous marketer who was trying to convince students of the need to create complex and obtuse business/marketing Read More...
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Why License Tour Guides but not Laboratorians?
May 11, 2014 1:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
A recent article in the Economist made me chuckle. It covers in a deliberately humorous way, the story that tour guides in Washington, DC must be licensed, or face stiff fines. The idea is that a certain body of knowledge is needed and the public can Read More...
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In Celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 19, 2014 2:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
So, it’s that time of year again. This week we turn our attention to celebrating medical laboratorians. It is the one week out of the year when we highlight the very important role played by those of us who practice in the laboratory. Although the information Read More...
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Answering Your Questions About Patients' Direct Access to Lab Results
April 5, 2014 11:48 AM by Glen McDaniel
Since my blog last month regarding to the HHS mandate that laboratories must grant patients access to their lab results on request, my mailbox has been inundated with comments and questions. A few questions were asked by more than one writer and so I Read More...
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As Long as You Don’t Call my Instrument a Machine
February 22, 2014 3:15 PM by Glen McDaniel
I had witnessed this situation many times before, but I still paid attention. "It’s an instrument, not a machine, stupid,” the MLS yelled to the entire room in general, and no one in particular, as she hung up the phone. angrily. When questioned she explained Read More...
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Never Discount the Power of One
January 26, 2014 2:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
We seem to have lots to complain about in this profession: low pay, lack of recognition, a flat career ladder and encroachment on our scope of practice for starters. Next to pointing out our ills the runner up theme is the mantra things will not improve Read More...
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