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Real People, Real Problems
December 30, 2013 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
Teamwork isn’t just coaching, sharing goals, cheerleading, and celebrating success. Most of us are emotionally vested in work. We want to do well and feel good when we are associated with a place that cares about the people who work for it. And more importantly Read More...
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Why Culture?
December 24, 2013 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
Microbiology techs are like detectives where the motive for a crime remains a mystery. Identifying the weapon requires expertise. Staphylococcus epidermidis , for example, is normal skin flora in a surface wound and a contaminant in many others. If a Read More...
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Don’t Burn Bridges
December 20, 2013 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
The dictionary defines “burn your bridges behind you” as “To eliminate any possibility of a retreat to a former position.” These days, this literal military term metaphorically applies to the workplace. Often, people leave a position with ruinous behavior, Read More...
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If This, Then That
December 16, 2013 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
The early days of artificial intelligence promised much. In 1987, Lotus unveiled HAL (named after the maniacal computer in Kubrick’s 2001 , a letter off from IBM) that used a natural language interface to communicate with users. The Chicago Tribune reported Read More...
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From Bands to Grans
December 11, 2013 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
We’ve come a long way since the days of a patient arriving in the ED with belly pain and going to the OR based on an imprecise band count. Imprecision can be estimated mathematically as: 2 Standard Deviations = 2 x SQRT((# cells x (100 - # cells)) / total Read More...
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Using FORD with Patients
December 6, 2013 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t -- you’re right.” Ironically, something called the FORD technique can help us when we are struck dumb to make small talk. Caught in an elevator, sitting in the cafeteria, or waiting Read More...
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Peer Review Improves Quality
December 2, 2013 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
Peer review is essential to science to critique and validate published claims. As the site How Stuff Works succinctly puts it, “Think of peer review as a quality-control system.” Peer review is part of the open nature of scientific research. This also Read More...
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    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
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