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Many Hats
April 29, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
In the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone a magical hat (what else?) decides where to place the young wizard students at Hogwart’s. The hat almost places Harry with his arch enemies (Myers-Briggs isn’t perfect, either). It’s a great story, one Read More...
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The Lab Week That Was
April 24, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
April is a busy month. It is Alcohol, Foot Health, Autism, Hepatitis, Child Abuse, Humor, Facial Protection, Minority Health, Occupational Therapy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sport’s Eye Safety, and Woman’s Health and Safety Awareness Month, according Read More...
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Micro Around the Clock
April 20, 2015 7:13 AM by Scott Warner
“Use it or lose it” is true in exercise, neuroscience, and our work lives. If a small laboratory doesn’t use its micro department to its fullest, it could lose it. In my last blog I described how cultures are processed for the convenience of the laboratory, Read More...
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When Do You Do Micro?
April 15, 2015 8:19 AM by Scott Warner
If your small laboratory still performs microbiology testing in house, competency and competition present stiff challenges. If only a few people on your staff do micro identification and susceptibility testing, that leaves a staffing gap you’re forced Read More...
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A Better Cell Count Calculation
April 10, 2015 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
When I took High School physics, we were not allowed to use calculators. This was just as well, since they were bulky and expensive. The Texas Instruments SR-50 sold for $170 in 1974, which is over $860 today . Slide rules were cheap. Pen and paper was Read More...
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Math is Hard at 3 AM
April 6, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
I became comfortable working up body fluids when I worked in a hospital with two pediatricians and several orthopedists on the medical staff. Every few days (it seemed) we received a septic joint fluid, synovial fluid for crystal analysis, or a septic Read More...
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Get Out of the Basement
April 1, 2015 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
Critical access hospitals should be just that for communities. But USA Today reported last November in a story called “Rural hospitals in critical condition,” “Since the beginning of 2010, 43 rural hospitals — with a total of more than 1,500 beds — have Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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