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April 2014 - Posts

Stepwise Success

It’s All About Technique
April 30, 2014 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
Running lab tests can look easy but often isn’t. Consider a common serology test, the heterophile screen. The OSOM Mono Test is one random example. The package insert lists the following with pictures: For serum, plasma, or whole blood samples in tubes: Read More...
Are Mistakes Systemic?
April 25, 2014 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
The more I deal with process design, the more I suspect human error is systemic. Not that we are flawless workers -- one author parses mistakes and slips by intention or outcome -- but we give the system a pass too often and blame human error. We work Read More...
It’s Lab Week
April 21, 2014 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
The ASCLS web site says this about Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: “As team members of one of the largest industries in the United States, the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals often go unnoticed by the general public, as well as by Read More...
Patient Rounding
April 16, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Each morning in our laboratory, we round the wards to review charts and talk to nurses and doctors about care related to lab issues. We’ve been doing this for a couple of years. This year we added patient rounding. The idea is simple: each morning we Read More...
Introduce Yourself
April 11, 2014 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
It’s inevitable. Sooner or later as healthcare professionals we become patients ourselves or our family members are patients. As insiders we are invaluable observers. We know how things should work. We know what to look for. Yet our input or feedback Read More...
Revisit Your Kits
April 7, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Our laboratory uses many “plop plop fizz fizz” tests for qualitative screening, like most labs. These quick and easy tests have been in labs as long as I can remember with a few enhancements over the years that have made them even easier e.g. internal Read More...
Pushing Innovation
April 2, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
The dictionary defines innovation as “something new or different introduced.” If your culture doesn’t encourage innovation but you have a great idea to improve your laboratory, what do you do? Employees learn to resist change because they are seldom empowered Read More...


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