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Form and Function
January 27, 2016 6:41 AM by Scott Warner
In my last blog, I described how to create a table in a database that stores blood bank index card file information. At a minimum, this should contain the patient name, date of birth, and a checkbox to indicate if the patient has antibodies. That’s the Read More...
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Cards on the Table
January 18, 2016 6:52 AM by Scott Warner
In building a blood bank cardfile mirror, the main element is the database table. A table is a collection of records that stores data in fields. In the case of OpenOffice Base, when you open the program (called Database in the OpenOffice main menu) a Read More...
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Building a Cardfile Mirror
January 13, 2016 6:36 AM by Scott Warner
The concept of a database is simple: data is stored in tables and linked together. Once the data is stored in a table of fields you design, you can do anything with it. You can sort, print, or filter it. The problem of a blood bank card file mirror may Read More...
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The Power of Open Source
January 8, 2016 6:23 AM by Scott Warner
There are many kinds of software licenses, some more restrictive than others. If your hospital uses Microsoft Office, for example, a certain number of licenses has been purchased to match the number of workstations the software can be installed on. Typically, Read More...
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Looking Ahead
January 6, 2016 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Each new year brings change after a season of excess. At home it’s time to hit the gym, dust off the exercise bike, and put the juicer back on the kitchen counter. At work it’s time to bundle up 2015, discard old records, and think about planning vacations Read More...
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Confrontation Rules
January 4, 2016 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
No one like confrontation. I get it. We come to work, we do our work, we have pleasant conversation with co-workers, and we go home. But of course it isn’t that easy. Even Gilligan’s Island wasn't that easy. Confrontation is necessary because unspoken Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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