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October 2013 - Posts

Stepwise Success

Babysitting Other Departments
October 30, 2013 8:37 AM by Scott Warner
If only everyone would do what the lab tells them, life would be easier. If offices filled out requisitions properly, if patients would follow prep instructions, if registration would check with the lab before sending a patient without paperwork, if nurses Read More...
In Meetings, Just Fake It
October 25, 2013 7:45 AM by Scott Warner
There are 11 million meetings every day, and most professionals attend 62 meetings every month. My total is somewhat less at around 30, adding up standing committees, ad hocs, department meetings, mandatory meetings, and last-minute teams to hose the Read More...
Good Relationships Build Success
October 21, 2013 5:52 AM by Scott Warner
I have lately enjoyed some one-on-one time with my son, who has a driver’s permit and is a captive audience. The other day when he was complaining about a decision one of his teachers made, I said, “Well... these kinds of things can be drilled into by Read More...
No Growth Cultures
October 16, 2013 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
How do you keep a physician in suspense? Ask him or her to order a culture. In small labs where most routine cultures are urine, sputum, blood, and surface wounds, there can be a daily battle between getting microbiology results in the hands of the docs Read More...
Maine Law LD597
October 11, 2013 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
Maine Law LD597 Concerns grow over tick-borne illnesses in Maine. This summer (where did that go, by the way?) the 126th Maine State Legislature passed LD 597 that requires patients to receive a copy of their lab report, effective October 9th. “Health Read More...
Interpretive Comments
October 7, 2013 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
Laboratory report formats can be cluttered with interpretive comments. While useful for the sake of providing complete and accurate information specific to the test, they can easily become a distraction. At a recent lab manager meeting the group discussed Read More...
Dress Smart
October 2, 2013 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Does what we wear make us smarter? Researchers at Northwestern University have coined the term enclothed cognition after conducting an experiment and concluding that our clothing can influence our psychological processes. What’s interesting is how this Read More...


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