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Corrective Action
April 26, 2013 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
Corrective action is a beautiful thing. When quality control is out of limits, running a fresh control that is acceptable saves time, avoids an irritating sample look back, and reassures the tech. When a weak blood bank reaction in all tubes disappears Read More...
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Reproducible Cutoffs
April 22, 2013 7:25 AM by Scott Warner
A million monkeys on a million microscopes probably couldn’t bang out an accurate WBC differential in a million years, but a lab tech could teach a gibbon to run a chemistry analyzer in about ten minutes. I’m kidding. But the subjective variability of Read More...
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Improve Your Criteria
April 17, 2013 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
An acronym pulled from the alphabet soup is CQI, or Continuous Quality Improvement. Managers and quality improvement people use this to show that everything can be improved, even processes that work. Continuously trying to improve quality generates incremental Read More...
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Why Fasting?
April 12, 2013 5:58 AM by Scott Warner
Each day, I see people arrive for work after they have had breakfast at home. They sometimes arrive with coffee. Within two hours or so they go to morning break and eat a muffin, fruit, or some other snack, often with more coffee. Two hours later they Read More...
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Keeping Benchwork Exciting
April 8, 2013 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
The other day after I explained a change in microbiology an employee told me, “That’s three times you’ve used the word ‘exciting.’ That’s not a word I would use.” This was said in good humor, but the point is valid. Slogging out results day in and day Read More...
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Your Work, Your Family
April 3, 2013 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
Stress is big trouble in all our lives. It seems to me that we can handle stress at work or home but not both. Life being what it is, stress seems to jump from one to the other and seldom sits still. At home, family can help us cope with stress. Does Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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