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Strengths and Weaknesses
October 30, 2015 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
In The Office David Wallace asks Michael Scott about his greatest strengths, and Michael replies that his greatest weaknesses are actually strengths. It’s funny but like all good comedy has an element of truth. We all have strengths and weaknesses. No Read More...
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Future Procedures
October 21, 2015 6:50 AM by Scott Warner
For most of my career I’ve heard about how computers will transform our lives. The first laboratory I worked in had an air conditioned room filled with hardware, spinning drums, and enormous, deafening printers. The inevitable march of progress has brought Read More...
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E-Procedures
October 16, 2015 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
In my last blog I wondered why techs use package inserts when there is a procedure on the shelf or online. For me the reasons boil down to pictures (everyone loves pictures) and availability (it’s right there in the box!). It almost certainly isn’t that Read More...
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Package Inserts or Procedures?
October 12, 2015 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
Laboratories spend a lot of time developing, writing, reviewing, updating, and maintaining procedure manuals. But it’s common to see a tech pull a kit from a refrigerator, remove the package insert from the box, and use that to run the test. CLIA standard Read More...
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Do You Still Email at Work?
October 7, 2015 7:04 AM by Scott Warner
In 2008 I blogged “Big Brother Has Mail,” about justified paranoia that employers may be reading the emails of employees. I didn’t read email then, since, or now. It’s a waste of time when a manager is doing a good job. But hospital environments are changing. Read More...
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Sensitivity and Specificity
October 2, 2015 7:08 AM by Scott Warner
I hope I’m not the only one who gets confused about sensitivity and specificity. Every now and then I have to rethink this. Sensitivity defines the true positive rate, or the number of people correctly identified as having a disease. A highly sensitive Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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