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Human Error Did it!
July 29, 2013 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Human error is blamed for much, from misidentification to mislabeling to misreporting criticals. One time a biochemical strip was miscoded because of (I thought) a flaw in the worksheet design, and the tech said, “It’s just human error.” “Human error” Read More...
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Back to Basics
July 24, 2013 8:09 AM by Scott Warner
As a rookie manager I spent day after day looking at reports, figures, balance sheets, schedules, and meeting minutes. Whatever time I had left went to running or attending meetings. This was a stressful, difficult, and thankless adjustment where benign Read More...
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Pass the Calculator
July 19, 2013 7:40 AM by Scott Warner
“Have you seen the brain?” is what I hear when people need a calculator. In this age of central information systems, onboard calculators, PCs, and smartphones, the dollar store calculator is still indispensable, those with bigger keys and displays more Read More...
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Precision vs. Significance
July 15, 2013 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
I can still hear it, that tickita, tickita, tickita of the BBL Fibrometer. One site claims , “With the use of this convenient and precise device, you can achieve rapid and accurate results within a short period of time.” And be driven loopy by the noise. Read More...
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Market Your Lab With a Newsletter
July 10, 2013 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
We spend so much time looking into microscopes, peering at culture plates, and multitasking within complex systems that it’s easy to look inward and not outward. For good reasons we focus daily on the productivity aspects of churning out quality laboratory Read More...
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ABO Compatibility Safeguards
July 5, 2013 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
The incidence of ABO-related transfusion complications is rare but significant. One study estimates 800-900 cases annually in the US, with most causes being identification or phlebotomist error. Considering that undetected errors can occur depending on Read More...
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Do You Set Daily Goals?
July 1, 2013 7:55 AM by Scott Warner
Much is made of to-do lists, day planners, desk calendars, weekly goals, monthly goals, career goals, career planning, S.W.O.T. analysis, and all the different tools to get there. We use paper, desktop, smartphone, and push technology. We read self-help Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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