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April 2011 - Posts

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Be More Efficient
April 29, 2011 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
At our first meeting of an implementation team last week there was this: “One of our goals is to make people more efficient.” But an inefficient process doesn’t mean the people performing it are inefficient, something those doing the actual work intuitively Read More...
Being Wrong
April 25, 2011 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
I have to share something I saw the other day, thanks to Facebook. An amateur screenwriter friend posted a link to a presentation by Kathryn Schulz , the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error . She’s an entertaining speaker, the world’s Read More...
Working With Slobs
April 20, 2011 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
It has to be said: some people are slobs. We are all occasionally boorish and slovenly -- no one is perfect -- but there are those few who have created a lifestyle around cheerfully avoiding any elegance or organization whatsoever. These are the people Read More...
Are Disclaimers Ethical?
April 15, 2011 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
We’ve all added a comment to a report like the following: “Specimen hemolyzed. Results may be falsely elevated.” A disclaimer can be added “just in case,” per lab policy or package insert, or to cover a tech’s behind. Sometimes, we let ourselves be bullied Read More...
Top Five Procedure Mistakes
April 11, 2011 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
Writing procedures is an art. Like most art consumers, lab techs are harsh critics. A procedure may be tossed aside like a paint-by-numbers copy of the original package insert or is supplanted by cheat sheets, photocopied pages from a manual, and sticky Read More...
Driven to Succeed
April 6, 2011 6:10 AM by Scott Warner
I am not an ambitious man. Were it not for good-natured, well-intentioned people prodding and poking me along, I might still be renting rooms to weekend Canadian shoppers at the Brewer Motor Inn while watching John Wayne movies. I’d always heard he was Read More...
Are Computers Making Us Stupid?
April 1, 2011 6:12 AM by Scott Warner
A piece in The Atlantic brings back memories. “Thanks to the ubiquity of text on the Internet, not to mention the popularity of text-messaging on cell phones, we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our Read More...


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