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Time On, Time Off
November 27, 2013 1:04 PM by Scott Warner
Sometimes, I wonder if life is work between breaks or breaks between work. Conventional wisdom states if we love our jobs it isn’t really work, but that’s bargaining with reality. We all need a break. Taking time off is important. Despite the health benefits Read More...
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To 41s or Not 41s?
November 22, 2013 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
James Westgard writes on his web site, “Multirule QC uses a combination of decision criteria, or control rules, to decide whether an analytical run is in-control or out-of-control. The well-known Westgard multirule QC procedure uses 5 different control Read More...
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How To Reach Consensus
November 18, 2013 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
Merriam-Webster defines consensus as “a general agreement about something: an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group.” That’s a pretty good definition. Examples in the laboratory: There is a lack of consensus about the holiday schedule. Read More...
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Junk Data Means Junk Decisions
November 13, 2013 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
Our quality improvement projects have often involved collecting data for a period of time and then deciding what to do with it. This proactive approach that relies on performance measurement should be more relaxing than responding to negative feedback, Read More...
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The Clinical Gap
November 8, 2013 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
There are two types of people in a hospital. Clinical professionals care for the patients, perform diagnostic testing, and make decisions that directly affect the quality of care. Everyone else should be in a crucial supportive role to that primary mission Read More...
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Changing Everything
November 4, 2013 7:53 AM by Scott Warner
When an error happens, it often seems like choices are limited. The effects of the error are corrected, the incident is documented, and the tech involved counselled. I’ve worked in many labs where the “be aware and work harder” ethic is never questioned Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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