Welcome to Health Care POV | sign in | join

August 2012 - Posts

Stepwise Success

Choosing Analyzers
August 31, 2012 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
It’s time to choose a new main chemistry analyzer. Sometimes this choice is easy: there is one vendor on a group purchasing organization (GPO) contract or one analyzer has a unique menu. Other times, it simply comes down to cost. Here are a few points Read More...
0 comments »     
Call the ED, STAT!
August 27, 2012 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
I often eat standing up. I wish I could trace this to some holistic New Age diet intended to cleanse my soul and clear my chakras, but it’s really the Emergency Department’s fault. When I worked evenings alone I seldom sat down in the cafeteria without Read More...
3 comments »     
Point of Care Anxiety
August 22, 2012 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
CMS recently dropped outpatient quality measure OP-16, which required reporting cardiac troponin results within 60 minutes of arrival with chest pain, citing a recall of point of care (POC) testing devices from one manufacturer. Oh, happy day. When I Read More...
0 comments »     
Our Future
August 17, 2012 7:20 AM by Scott Warner
What is our future? Usually I hear: More and more, patients will be performing home testing. In fact, all the testing with be point of care. Your lab will have to use lab assistants and phlebotomists, because according to CLIA you don’t need lab techs. Read More...
4 comments »     
When Do You Sleep?
August 13, 2012 6:16 AM by Scott Warner
When a night shift tech resigned for another position I was told, “If you can’t hire someone, just rotate your day shift through nights.” That is a possibility, of course, but there is no “just” about it. According to a 1981 article published on the US Read More...
5 comments »     
Junky Cultures
August 8, 2012 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
It would be great if we received cultures from only sites expected to be sterile: blood, deep wounds, body fluids. In areas where the immune system gobbles up microscopic critters, properly collected positive cultures are instructive. The physician is Read More...
2 comments »     
Rounding Up Problems
August 3, 2012 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
One of our quality indicators is how quickly we turn around a request to recollect a contaminated urine specimen. In other words, a reflex urinalysis is ordered that should be cultured but has enough squamous epithelial cells to indicate contamination. Read More...
0 comments »     

Search

About this Blog


    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
  • About Blog and Author

Keep Me Updated