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Public Speaking Fears
October 29, 2010 5:44 AM by Scott Warner
My father once said, “If you’re interested, you’ll be interesting.” I think that’s true. And that’s one way to quell public speaking fears. If you’re sincerely interested in your topic -- and your audience -- speechifying is easier. I recently spoke about Read More...
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A Window to the Lab in the Emergency Department
October 25, 2010 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
A nurse from our Emergency Department walked into my office recently and said, “I feel we have a good working relationship with the lab, and I don’t want to write this up. I would rather just talk about it.” OK, I supposed. She continued, “We didn’t order Read More...
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Arrogance
October 20, 2010 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
The dictionary defines arrogance as “having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, etc.” Arrogant people are first-class jerks, for sure. But is it personal or professional? At work you might experience arrogance as Read More...
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Speed or Consistency?
October 15, 2010 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
We’ve been tracking ED turnaround time for a while. Our study was originally designed to be narrow enough to isolate variables: we tracked only STAT BMP and CMP panels, chose optimum staffing between 0900 and 1600, and wanded specimen barcodes at drop Read More...
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Reflex CBC Testing
October 11, 2010 7:18 AM by Scott Warner
Here in rural Maine, patients have a choice where to have a CBC done. If their appointment is in Bangor , an hour away from Lincoln , and their doctor has ordered the test to be done ahead of time, they can get it done locally at one of three labs or Read More...
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A Question About Calculations
October 6, 2010 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
As a kid I read Andy Buckram’s Tin Men , about a boy who builds robots from tin cans and scrap metal that come to life. One of them has an adding machine built into it, and when Andy steps out of a boat and says “Wait a minute,” it counts off just one Read More...
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Somebody Else's Problem
October 1, 2010 7:52 AM by Scott Warner
In So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish Douglas Adams invents a clever camouflage device called an SEP, or Somebody Else’s Problem field. Ford describes it as "something that we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think Read More...
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    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
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