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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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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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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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Towards Independent Practice
August 3, 2013 9:31 PM by Glen McDaniel
Over the years, I have served on many hospital committees including the Pharmacy, Nutrition and Therapeutics (PNT) Committee. This committee is usually chaired by a physician and has tremendous input from an infectious disease (ID) specialist, microbiologist, Read More...
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How Secure is Your Medical Information?
June 16, 2013 3:08 PM by Glen McDaniel
Two of the most bandied-around concepts in healthcare are those of privacy and confidentiality. Even before HIPAA mandated measures to ensure that health information be safeguarded, medical professionals felt ethically bound not to disclose medical information Read More...
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Speed Kills
December 9, 2012 10:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
As clinical laboratorians we are taught the importance of the information we provide for clinical decision making. Technology has made it possible to use small sample sizes to generate "numbers" in a very short period of time. Sometimes physicians (and Read More...
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Raise the Bar on Your Communication Effectiveness
December 17, 2011 12:54 PM by Glen McDaniel
Communication continues to be at the forefront. A few days after writing my last blog, I had occasion to speak to a Quality Assurance Manager of a large metropolitan Atlanta hospital. She shared that her organization had launched a new initiative on improving Read More...
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Improving Communication for Better Patient Care
December 11, 2011 3:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
Communication is a key skill to everyone working in healthcare. In no other profession is it more important clearly express what you mean, since there is no room for confusion or ambiguity. Errors occur not simply from incorrect information; they also Read More...
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Contagion: A Nice Nod to the Lab Community
September 14, 2011 1:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
I just saw the blockbuster movie Contagion and must say I was pretty impressed. When I watch a medical-themed movie, I always look at it with a critical eye. How factual is it? Is it authentic in terms of scenarios, equipment, procedures and vocabulary? Read More...
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Any Clown Could Do That!
June 19, 2011 8:42 PM by Glen McDaniel
This past Saturday, I was on the way to an appointment when I stopped to get gas. I was filling up, preoccupied with my thoughts, when to my surprise and disbelief a fully dressed clown casually emerged from a van. But I digress; back to the clown later. Read More...
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New CLSI Report Provides Guidance on MRSA Surveillance
March 7, 2010 4:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
As infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has climbed dramatically, so has the concern about the resultant morbidity and mortality in healthcare settings as well as in the community. Whether nosocomial or community acquired, Read More...
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Americans Use Internet for Health Information
September 24, 2008 8:48 AM by Glen McDaniel
According to a recent study by the Center for Studying Health System Change , Americans are increasingly using the Internet to get health information. In 2007, almost 58 percent of the U.S. population--or more than 122 million people--sought health information Read More...
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Combating Bad Behavior
August 11, 2008 11:49 AM by Glen McDaniel
The Joint Commission has issues a statement that rude, hostile and obnoxious behavior in the workplace is not simply unpleasant and inappropriate, but can be considered a patient safety or quality of care issue as well. Anyone who has been in healthcare Read More...
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MRSA-A Deadly Threat on the Rise
May 21, 2008 12:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
The incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ) is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, MRSA is now the No. 1 diagnosis in people presenting to U.S. emergency departments with skin and soft tissue infections. The infection is Read More...
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