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Why Don’t Lab Techs Understand Computers?
June 29, 2011 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
It often strikes me as odd when some lab techs profess not to understand computers. The first Apple II appeared in labs over thirty years ago, soon followed by microprocessor controlled instruments. (Remember the Technicon RA-1000 ? I can still hear those Read More...
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Scanning Documents
June 24, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
This week, I exchanged my office desk with an adjustable, ergonomic computer table. My old desk was vintage 1970s: steel, drawers on each side, a pencil drawer, and a filing drawer. It weighed at least two hundred pounds and looked like salvage from the Read More...
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Playing Politics
June 20, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
At a management seminar we divided into personality groups – blue for introverted, yellow for outgoing, red for director, and green for supportive. In a room full of lab techs, blue and green were the largest groups. Ever labeled an introvert, I joined Read More...
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Still More Management Myths
June 15, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Two years ago I blogged about “management myths” and again six months later, such as we are trained to do our jobs (we aren’t, generally), we have authority (that depends), and great bench techs make great managers (they often don’t). The perpetuation Read More...
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Don't Waive Quality
June 10, 2011 8:56 AM by Scott Warner
One of the good things about choosing a waived method is, frankly, that the laboratory is only required to do what the manufacturer says. A waived pregnancy test kit may require external controls to be performed once per lot shipment, per lot shipment Read More...
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Groupthink
June 6, 2011 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
In the midst of a discussion with colleagues about large sharps containers being secured in brackets or not I said, “Let me email State OSHA and see what they say about it.” “That’s another opinion, at least,” said one person in the room finally. This Read More...
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Going to Bat
June 1, 2011 6:19 AM by Scott Warner
Our profession is unique in healthcare. During an average day a generalist can see a dozen patients, deal with a dozen doctors, approve hundreds of results, troubleshoot quality control, calibrate an instrument, help coworkers make decisions, and make Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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