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Do You Still Use a STAT List?
November 27, 2015 12:45 PM by Scott Warner
A STAT list is a relic of a time when it was common for labs to have call, labor intensive tests, and batch testing. If your lab has any of these, you may also have a STAT list. It’s a list of tests that your lab performs STAT, and anything not on the Read More...
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Old Methods
November 23, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
How many old methods are being performed in your laboratory? Old technology gives way to new at varying rates. Examples of “old” technology include Westergren sedimentation rate, Miller disc reticulocyte estimates, and bleeding times. These and others Read More...
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Scheduling By The Numbers
November 18, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Laboratories are so complex that no two are ever alike. There are so many choices in meeting test menu needs: instruments, personnel, vendors, physical layout, workflow choices. Do phlebotomists deliver work to workstations, or do the techs retrieve specimens Read More...
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Requisitions
November 13, 2015 6:41 AM by Scott Warner
The proliferation of physician order entry and EMR interfacing has brought us closer to a paperless order entry process. Of course laboratories still accept paper requisitions. According to CLIA a requisition has to ask for the following: Name and address Read More...
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Using OneNote
November 9, 2015 6:29 AM by Scott Warner
Most laboratories have or have a need for a communication logbook to share information between techs and shifts. Recently, I discovered Microsoft OneNote for this purpose, mostly because it is on all our workstations. I was curious if it would fit our Read More...
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Make or Buy?
November 4, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
The website Investopedia defines “Make-or-Buy Decision” as “The act of choosing between manufacturing a product in-house or purchasing it from an external supplier. In a make-or-buy decision, the two most important factors to consider are cost as availability Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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