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Ebola is a Wake Up Call
October 29, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
The latest personal protective equipment guidelines from the CDC for Ebola emphasize training in donning and doffing PPE, no skin exposure, and a buddy system to make sure the process is followed. As their site states, “Focusing only on PPE gives a false Read More...
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Vanity Metrics
October 24, 2014 4:18 PM by Scott Warner
Data is what we do. From collection times to bread and butter lab test results to quality control to maintenance to report distribution and all that’s in between, laboratories collect and document more data than more departments. One of the challenges Read More...
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Distractions Cause Errors
October 20, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
A study at Michigan State University found that three second interruptions doubled error rates; longer distractions increased errors. Another study in Australia found that nurse medication errors increased twelve percent for every interruption. And a Read More...
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For the Best Results, Hire Professionals
October 15, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
The late oil well firefighter Red Adair said, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” During staffing shortages or budget crunches it can be expedient to hire a warm body but disastrous in the Read More...
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IG# and Sepsis
October 10, 2014 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
Our current hematology analyzer was a big step up from a Sysmex K4500 with a 3-part differential to a Sysmex XT-1800i with a 5-part differential. I remember arranging a conference call between the bean counters and the pathologist to explain why the difference Read More...
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The Cult of Busy
October 6, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
A hospital’s culture defines how it responds to customers and crises, whereas a cult is defined by the dictionary as “a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.” Cults have ideology, rituals, and symbols. Most Read More...
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More Sample Lookback
October 1, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
In 2011 I blogged about using a binary search algorithm to find a point of failure when performing a sample lookback with a large number of samples. In dealing with sample lookback and revising our own policies since then, we’ve hit a few snags: How should Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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