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Economies of Scale
March 27, 2015 6:39 AM by Scott Warner
Are we seeing the last gasps of community hospital laboratories? Sometimes I wonder. A 2007 article in Clinical Chemistry states , “Many laboratories already outsource esoteric tests to other (reference) laboratories, but outsourcing should also be considered Read More...
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Music Improves Your Work
March 23, 2015 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
All the labs I’ve been in have a radio on. A surveyer once commented on this in a lab, saying in her experience they were usually by a sink. In our lab there is a radio directly outside my office, which is the only place we get reception. All day, every Read More...
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Populations and Pathogens
March 18, 2015 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
The American Academy of Microbiology website states , “The human microbiome, the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body, is not random, and scientists believe that it plays a role in many basic life processes.” Our gut flora Read More...
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RSV Season
March 13, 2015 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
There’s been a lot of paranoia about influenza, much of it justified. The 1918 pandemic killed as many as 30-50 million people worldwide, and 675,000 in the US. We don’t know for sure. But in an average non-pandemic year influenza kills between 3-49 thousand Read More...
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When Should You Upgrade?
March 9, 2015 2:13 PM by Scott Warner
Your laboratory is probably a mix of old and new technology. You may have refrigerators decades old, small centrifuges that were purchased used and still run strong, a coagulation analyzer at the end of its five year contract, and a chemistry analyzer Read More...
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Know Your ABCs
March 4, 2015 7:20 AM by Scott Warner
When I was a teenager a local businessman ran a company called ABC Rubbish, I suppose so it would be listed first in the telephone book. We always called it “Already Been Chewed.” To this day that’s the main reason I remember that company. Mnemonics (from Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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