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Looking Back at 2015
December 24, 2015 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
“Our dilemma,” said the American journalist Sydney Harris, “is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” Ain’t that the truth. The holiday season is a time for loved ones to Read More...
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Who Enjoys Confrontation?
December 21, 2015 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
We are living in weird times. Our schools label any form of visible aggression as “bullying,” forcing natural behavior to go underground where lessons cannot be taught by elders. Workplaces are filled with buzzwords such as empowerment, team building, Read More...
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That Pesky Charge Master
December 16, 2015 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Charge masters are unruly beasts that must be tamed to ensure we get paid. How labs do this varies with each information system and who has access to what. These days, a laboratory manager has to either understand databases and Excel or have someone on Read More...
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The Rh Conundrum
December 11, 2015 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
The conundrum of Rh confounds many a blood banker. Since its discovery nearly 80 years ago, our understanding and treatment of Rh types have evolved. Here are a few common problems that I encounter: Weak D. A weak D recipient is considered Rh Neg. A recipient Read More...
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Off-Label Use
December 7, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
A year ago CMS issued a memorandum about “off-label” use of waived blood glucose monitoring systems, typically used by nurses and other non-laboratory workers in a variety of hospital settings. “Using a test outside of its Food and Drug Administration Read More...
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We’re All in This Together
December 2, 2015 5:56 AM by Scott Warner
An “us versus them” attitude is common in all workplaces. Lab techs don’t understand nurses or nurses don’t understand lab techs. I’ve heard techs whine many times over the years, “If only the nurses could come down here and watch what we do for a day.” Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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