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Are All Questions Allowed?
January 31, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
I once heard a statement at a meeting that summed up one leader’s position. In response to a question about employee safety in a clinical area, this person said, “That question isn’t allowed at this committee.” Huh? What does that even mean? It’s remarkable Read More...
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Who Causes Poor Morale?
January 26, 2011 7:06 AM by Scott Warner
In a lab of twenty employees, three care enough to pick up the slack, five work hard to yank it away, and twelve just hope another job comes along. Everyone’s frustration is compounded by knowing that people at the top don’t care about them, don’t want Read More...
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Why Not Critical Delta Checks?
January 21, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
In our laboratory, a big drop in hemoglobin or platelet within 24 hours is a critical value, regardless of numbers. Essentially, we have added a critical delta check for these analytes, e.g. a platelet count of 10,000 vs. a change from 400 to 150 thousand. Read More...
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To Communicate, Imitate
January 17, 2011 6:17 AM by Scott Warner
My wife and I often joke about thinking alike. I’ll say, "It’s great that you can finish my..." and she immediately adds, "... sentences." What’s interesting is it’s really true. We do finish each others thoughts and even sound alike. And our teenagers, Read More...
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Remember the Patient
January 12, 2011 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
A few years ago one of our reference laboratories reported a cancer marker test incorrectly, and I found myself in the physician office with the patient. She was distraught at having a test repeated and receiving good and then horrible news. The physician Read More...
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Laboratory Brat Packs
January 7, 2011 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
The " Brat Pack " was a group of young actors in Eighties movies such as Pretty in Pink , The Breakfast Club , and Sixteen Candles . Where I then worked a group of us twenty-somethings once called ourselves the Brat Pack. We were young, ambitious, and Read More...
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Is Your Laboratory Included in Your EMR?
January 3, 2011 5:58 AM by Scott Warner
Healthcare is struggling with a transition -- arguably a transformation -- into an electronic medical record (EMR). Instead of bulging paper charts stuffed with scribbled, half-legible order sheets and progress notes, we will have indexed, clean, searchable Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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