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QA vs. QI
November 28, 2012 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
I sometimes hear, “That’s not QI, that’s QA.” It’s a knee-jerk dismissal of performance measurement used for anything other than improving a process. I get tired of hearing it, too. Whatever the alphabet soup flavor, it all helps maintain and improve Read More...
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What is Efficiency?
November 23, 2012 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Wood heat, the old saying goes, warms you twice if you chop and stack it. According to the EPA, three-fourths of wood stoves are 50% less efficient than newer, EPA certified stoves that use 1/3 less wood for the same heat, reduce creosote buildup, and Read More...
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Patient Instructions
November 19, 2012 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
Immunological fecal occult blood (iFOB) testing is becoming more common, because the tests offer greater sensitivity and specificity, do not require multiple samples, and forego dietary restrictions. But collection instructions are more complex. The Hemosure Read More...
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Is Molecular Testing the Holy Grail?
November 14, 2012 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
“Go and tell your master,” King Arthur offers a French soldier in Monty Python and the Holy Grail , “that we have been charged by God with a sacred quest. If he will give us food and shelter for the night, he can join us in our quest for the Holy Grail.” Read More...
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Gossips and Grapevines
November 9, 2012 9:12 AM by Scott Warner
Recently, an administrator told me something “on the q.t.” and swore me to secrecy. Naturally, by the time I returned to the laboratory everyone was talking about it. And when I denied any knowledge of it, everyone laughed heartily. It’s amazing how quickly Read More...
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Drill For Disaster
November 5, 2012 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
The lessons of hurricane Sandy and other disasters are clear: we can never be too prepared. The unexpected scope of these events strains any surge capacity, and these events can happen for many reasons. In your laboratory, disasters can happen on a local Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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