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Keeping Micro
September 27, 2013 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
The great things about a small hospital are exactly why it is important to keep micro: a close connection over time with individuals in the community, a good working relationship with a small group of doctors, and a limited number of nurses to educate Read More...
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Outsourcing Micro
September 23, 2013 6:10 AM by Scott Warner
I’ve been asked more than a few times in the last dozen or so years to outsource microbiology. It saves money, doesn’t affect turnaround time, and improves quality. Duh! is implied. Really? I wonder. Saving money. Whenever administration talks about saving Read More...
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Be Specific About Fairness
September 18, 2013 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
“That’s not fair!” I’ve blogged about this before: the schedule, workload, write ups, etc. Everywhere we see unfairness. Life, generally, is notoriously unfair. Complaining about it, of course, wastes energy and doesn’t solve the problem. Oh, sure, it Read More...
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Bring Solutions With Complaints
September 13, 2013 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
We complain for any number of reasons, mostly because it seems like work but isn’t. We’ve all been to those meetings that turn into you-know-what sessions and left with a whopper of a headache. That’s a good enough reason to hate some meetings. But the Read More...
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Rapid Cycle Improvement
September 9, 2013 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
The dictionary defines inertia as “inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.” In many workplaces this definition could simply read “See meeting .” Meetings, in particular those run by management Read More...
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Questioning Physicians
September 4, 2013 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
The other day a physician ordered a platelet count to be recollected and repeated off lavender and blue top tubes. The patient platelet count had dropped from 229 thousand to 102 thousand in 24 hours, a sudden change. The tech performed the work but grumbled Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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