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We Are IT
May 29, 2013 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
These days it’s difficult to imagine doing what we do without computers. Laboratory instruments are controlled by computers and data managers, connected to information systems using HL7 interfaces with or without middleware, and the resulting formats Read More...
Use the Gram Stain
May 24, 2013 6:18 AM by Scott Warner
In microbiology we learn to use the Gram stain results of a direct smear to check specimen quality (usually by a count of squamous epithelial cells) and any predominating organisms (e.g. lancet shaped Gram positive cocci on a sputum) that suggest what Read More...
Recharge and Renew
May 20, 2013 6:19 AM by Scott Warner
According to one Fox affiliate contributor, Ben and Jerry’s has a special nap room for employees. If you get too tuckered making Chunkey Monkey, you can bag a few zees. The National Sleep Foundation reports that sixteen percent of employers have similar Read More...
Move Smarter
May 15, 2013 5:59 AM by Scott Warner
Repetitive motion injuries are commonly caused by cumulative trauma to musculoskeletal joints such as thumbs, elbows, and shoulders. These have always been common in workplaces but there is greater awareness during these long days of people sitting at Read More...
Ergonomics and Exhaustion
May 10, 2013 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
When we renovated our lab design, moving walls, equipment, and refrigerators, one of the techs joked the newly opened space made it “walker ready.” “We aren’t getting any younger,” she said. That seems to be a theme these days. I’m not sure we’ll be working Read More...
Ageism in the Laboratory
May 6, 2013 5:57 AM by Scott Warner
Pardon the pun, but it’s an old story. According to the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California, “The average age of a CLS in California is above 50. There are not enough new CLSs in the pipeline to equal the numbers currently working but Read More...
We All Want Simple Solutions
May 1, 2013 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
It’s easy to make solutions more complicated. When there are holes in a schedule, one can create multiple rotation lists with conditional rules. When quality control is out, one can apply more Westgard rules than are needed. And when microscopic cellular Read More...


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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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