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Do Appearances Matter?
November 26, 2010 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
Driving through town late one night my pickup truck ran out of gas. It was snowing. Grumbling -- putting it politely -- I managed to push it to the curb. I spotted the lights of a station a hundred yards away. I grabbed an empty soda bottle on the floor, Read More...
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Houston, We Have a Problem
November 22, 2010 6:28 AM by Scott Warner
“Houston, we have a problem” was made famous by the 1995 film Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks, used to report a problem in a humorous fashion, according to one site . But it wasn’t funny then. A ruptured oxygen tank forced the crew to abandon the mission Read More...
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Repeat Testing
November 17, 2010 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
It’s common for laboratories to repeat all critical values before reporting them, but that may be changing. A 2009 CAP Q-Probe examines the utility of this practice that may be obviated by modern instrumentation. An article in ASCP Lab Medicine makes Read More...
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Creating a Team Approach with the Emergency Department
November 12, 2010 6:23 AM by Scott Warner
Recently, I blogged about installing a dedicated terminal in our Emergency Department to display outstanding laboratory tests. This idea gives the ED staff useful information about their patients: what tests are ordered, what samples are collected and Read More...
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Catching Up to Computers
November 8, 2010 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
Last Spring, our laboratory went paperless in phlebotomy. Binders, folders, face sheets, requisitions, and piles of paper -- all alphabetized and checked by hand -- disappeared. I created an Access database to track orders linked to scanned images of Read More...
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Handling a Bad Boss
November 3, 2010 5:41 AM by Scott Warner
I once attended a workshop at which the presenter insisted there is a difference between a “boss” and a “leader.” A boss is an autocrat, an eavesdropper, a person who takes all the credit for your best work and throws you under the bus without a second Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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