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Safer Transfusions
July 30, 2010 6:10 AM by Scott Warner
It is only by chance that identification errors don’t cause more transfusion-related deaths. One source claims a 1 in 20,000 chance a patient will receive a unit intended for someone else; blood group compatibility (e.g. group A can receive A or O) reduces Read More...
Good Apples
July 26, 2010 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
It’s a phenomena called “emotional contagion,” according to a University of Oklahoma professor, that causes a bad apple at work to spoil the bunch. A bad apple drags others down, because members of a group all tend to express and feel the same feelings. Read More...
Bad Apples
July 21, 2010 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
A bad apple, it turns out, can ruin the whole barrel. Ethylene released from bruised apples is a ripening hormone that spoils nearby apples, reports the Boston Globe . It’s enough to make you want to hold your breath as you look around your own workplace, Read More...
Choosing to Complain
July 16, 2010 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
A business consultant friend once facilitated a meeting that I was fortunate to be a part of. Jerry listened politely to griping and complaining around the table, which seemed to be dominated by one particularly negative person. There was no pleasing Read More...
Blame the Computer
July 12, 2010 6:22 AM by Scott Warner
There’s an episode of The Simpsons in which Prohibition briefly comes to Springfield. By the end of the story the streets flood with booze, and Homer toasts atop a barrel, “To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." The same could Read More...
I, Robot
July 7, 2010 6:16 AM by Scott Warner
Automation, such as the Siemens StreamLAB implemented recently at a Pennsylvania hospital , is almost commonplace. “The new automated laboratory equipment is capable of performing up to 125 different lab tests at the rate of 2,000 an hour and will advance Read More...
Breaking in Your New Boss
July 2, 2010 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
When a new lab manager is hired, grumbling ensues. “Now we have to break in another one!” Your new boss is worried about motivating you and your coworkers, but the opposite is also true. How do you get a stranger to do things your way? First, some questions Read More...


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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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