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Disposable Hemacytometers
July 27, 2011 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
Counting cells under a microscope is old school. For many years, a glass hemacytometer etched with a grid (called a Neubauer ruling) and cover glass have been used. The grid and glass material provides a known area and depth. A simple formula yields the Read More...
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Color Vision and Point of Care Testing
July 22, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
An early physical exam included a test for color blindness. I was shown a book of dotted pictures with numbers “hidden” inside them (sometimes called Ishihara diagrams). If I could see all the numbers, my color vision was fine. If not, I would have to Read More...
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Are Women More Organized Than Men?
July 18, 2011 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
Every time I watch Clean House and others like it I wonder how people are so disorganized. A team carts everything inside the house outside, sells a third in a yard sale, gives a third to charity, takes a third to the dump, and has three quarters left Read More...
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Survive and Thrive
July 13, 2011 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
When I considered approaching nursing about issues with point of care testing, a colleague advised, “Nurses are a cohesive and organized unit that, once aroused, will act as a group in a way that’s difficult to subdue and avoid. Tread carefully.” He’s Read More...
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Telling Stories
July 8, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
The power of narratives to reinforce values, inspire, and motivate can be shown if you start meetings with, “Does anyone have any stories?” It might be a child with cancer who needed blood drawn, a blood bank close call, or a nurse’s compassion for a Read More...
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Our New Culture of Change
July 4, 2011 7:40 AM by Scott Warner
I’m sick of hearing about change. This is ironic, since I’m told I must change how I treat sick people. It started with an Institute of Medicine report a dozen years ago claiming unintentional medical errors kill a hundred thousand sick people every year, Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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