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Is the Patient Actively Bleeding?
September 30, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
I usually ask a hypothetical interview question, a kind of lab tech version of the Kobiyashi Maru from The Wrath of Khan intended to be a no-win scenario: “You are in the middle of STAT work on one patient in the OR, and your chemistry analyzer breaks Read More...
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Time Savers
September 26, 2011 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
A New York Times article cites studies of how much time we waste on the job. Microsoft: 16 out of 45 hours in a work week. America Online and Salary: two out of three days a week. Steve Pavlina, a self-proclaimed work expert: we work only one and a half Read More...
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Back to the Future
September 21, 2011 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
In the 1985 comedy Back to the Future Emmett Brown asks Marty McFly, “Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth's gravitational pull?” Poor Marty has an even harder time explaining that Ronald Reagan, a television actor Read More...
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A Proposed Change to CLIA
September 16, 2011 6:28 AM by Scott Warner
A few years ago a local patient with a critical INR in our laboratory had his test repeated at a medical center in a nearby city with wildly different results. The patient telephoned us and complained. “I don’t know who is running your tests,” he said, Read More...
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When All Kids Become Your Kids
September 12, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
I remember clearly the first time I drew a child’s blood after becoming a parent. A phlebotomist asked for my help with a fussy little boy. He was a cute tike with a tousle of dark hair and bright red cheeks from crying. Tired and upset, he really didn’t Read More...
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Does a Mission Statement Help in Making Decisions?
September 7, 2011 5:59 AM by Scott Warner
As a rookie manager, when I suggested sending out PSA testing to a reference lab there was an uproar. Even though we were losing $12 per test in house -- it’s total cost divided by tests billed, and overhead is method dependent -- techs insisted it was Read More...
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Our Noise Problem
September 2, 2011 6:27 AM by Scott Warner
If you go to “Hospital Compare,” a site maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services summarizing the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores, you can find out how quiet the hospitals in your area Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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