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July 2014 - Posts

Stepwise Success

How Many Tests?
July 28, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Laboratories revise a test menu based on clinical need or cost. The common “bread and butter” tests I blogged about last time are easy to decide on and often performed on analyzers with volume discounts. But in many cases estimating the volume of tests Read More...
Rarely Ordered But Critical Tests
July 23, 2014 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
The bread and butter of labs are those tests ordered on most patients: chemistry panels, blood counts, urinalysis and culture, and to an extent coagulation and blood bank. These are often ordered serially on patients admitted to your hospital, creating Read More...
Working in the Cloud
July 18, 2014 3:36 PM by Scott Warner
I blogged about “the cloud” in 2010: “If you’re using any applications that run in your web browser over the Internet, you’re using cloud computing.” While our hospital still uses aging Microsoft Office software and local storage the world has moved up. Read More...
What to Put on Your Resume
July 14, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
I read a lot of resumes, and most are awful. I recently interviewed a candidate, for example, who waxed eloquent during the interview about how he valued great customer service. He gave examples, talked about involving line staff, insisted that people Read More...
Keyboard Ergonomics
July 9, 2014 11:46 AM by Scott Warner
What started out attached to a desktop personal computer is everywhere. Keyboards are attached to computer terminals, COWs (Computers on Wheels), and many instruments. Yet little has changed in their design (more about that below). They are big, bulky, Read More...
Take Advantage of Wellness
July 4, 2014 6:39 AM by Scott Warner
According to a Rand Corporation report about half of U.S. employers offer wellness programs. The bigger the employer, the bigger the program, many of which include risk assessments. Despite evidence that wellness is associated with lower healthcare costs Read More...


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