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New USB Stick Measures HIV
November 18, 2016 4:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
Science never stands still. I am particularly interested in the merging of technologies in the new era of the logarithmic growth of technology. For many decades science was fairly plodding and sometimes even static as research followed certain set rules Read More...
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Work Smarter Not Harder or Longer
August 29, 2016 2:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is always so much to be done. Today's society is so fast-moving that it’s hard to accomplish every single thing on a day’s agenda. Working in the laboratory, we know that emergencies happen, stats keep coming in, instruments act up, and colleagues Read More...
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CMS Says Nurses Can Perform High Complexity Tests
July 31, 2016 4:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a memo that it sent to CLIA inspectors on how to interpret educational requirements. CLIA had always specified the minimum educational requirements for individuals performing laboratory Read More...
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What We Could Learn from Pharmacists
June 25, 2016 8:34 PM by Glen McDaniel
I know our profession is unique and cannot be identically modeled off any other profession. However in both my personal and professional lives I often try to learn lessons and draw parallels from observations around me. I have been in this profession Read More...
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Representing all laboratorians as “lab techs” hurts the profession
May 30, 2016 9:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago I went to the doctor with a friend. The nice young lady taking my friend’s vitals and medical history introduced herself as “Dr. O’s nurse”. I noticed her name badge read “RMA”- registered medical assistant. She was professional, competent Read More...
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Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2016
April 24, 2016 3:42 PM by Glen McDaniel
It's that time of year again, when we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory Professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others). I receive a lot of email and read several misleading posts about "Lab Week." So I am essentially Read More...
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New Laboratorian Excited About Profession
March 26, 2016 5:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
As our profession ages and many of us lumber towards retirement, it is often hard to be optimistic. Many are burnt out and never miss an opportunity to tell those just entering the profession what a mistake they are making. I monitor social media quite Read More...
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Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived
March 20, 2016 7:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 2.
February 21, 2016 4:00 PM by Glen McDaniel
Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain, “Well, they didn’t ask the lab!” As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions. Having come from Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 1.
January 31, 2016 4:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
Well today is my birthday and it's making me a little retrospective. As you all know I am not about making big resolutions based on the day or date; such as New Year's. However I did think back over my professional life today: what I have done, what impact Read More...
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What's Your One Word Resolution for the New Year?
December 31, 2015 6:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
It's that time of year again. I could hardly believe it when I was leaving work today and someone made the inevitable never-stale comment, "Well, I wont see you until next year." Today is really the last day of a very interesting and eventful year. Starting Read More...
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Theranos Under Regulatory Microscope
December 22, 2015 8:04 PM by Glen McDaniel
Theranos has been in the news and has garnered both bouquets and brickbats because of its proprietary technology as well as its business model. This company started by wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes and valued in the billions uses small samples of blood Read More...
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French Hospitals Respond to Terrorist Attack
November 16, 2015 9:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
Through a friend in Paris, I was able to speak briefly with a medical lab scientist at the American Hospital of Paris . I was interested in getting an overview of how the hospital, particularly the lab, responded in the hours directly after the massacre Read More...
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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...
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Roche Launches Website for Lab Leaders
October 31, 2015 10:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
Like other professionals and interest groups medical laboratorians like to network and share challenges and wisdom with their colleagues. Social media has made sharing easier by developing professional websites and discussion groups. Very often the emphasis Read More...
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