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Use the Gram Stain
May 24, 2013 6:18 AM by Scott Warner
In microbiology we learn to use the Gram stain results of a direct smear to check specimen quality (usually by a count of squamous epithelial cells) and any predominating organisms (e.g. lancet shaped Gram positive cocci on a sputum) that suggest what Read More...
You Are What You Say
March 21, 2012 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
You are what you say. You tell stories and express yourself using words, just like a book. What you say and how you say it lets people know if you’re a textbook, novel, autobiography, or gibberish. And yes, people judge you by your cover. It happens, Read More...
Disaster Drills
December 28, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
As our hospital Safety Officer, I’m involved with disaster planning. This includes writing plans and planning for drills. Code Red, for example, is a fire emergency. While drills are regularly held by the maintenance crew, these involve checking the plant Read More...
Color Vision and Point of Care Testing
July 22, 2011 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
An early physical exam included a test for color blindness. I was shown a book of dotted pictures with numbers “hidden” inside them (sometimes called Ishihara diagrams). If I could see all the numbers, my color vision was fine. If not, I would have to Read More...
How Important Are Computers?
December 1, 2010 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
Many of you lack computer skills. You can search on the Internet, send email, and other basic tasks, but you’re quickly lost when something appears on the screen that looks different or stops working at home or work. (All together: Grrrr...) So, just Read More...
A Tale of Two Smears
August 4, 2010 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
Two sputum Gram stains tell different stories. The first is loaded with white cells and Gram positive cocci, the blood plate overrun with staph. The second has a few white cells and mixed flora, and the plates show some staph colonies without predominant Read More...
Teachable Moments
October 14, 2009 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
Much was made of the President's "beer summit" last July, a meeting between a black professor and the white policeman who arrested him, something the Wall Street Journal labeled a "teachable moment." Aside from wondering what kind of beer goes best with Read More...
September 8, 2009 6:17 AM by Scott Warner
Most of us aren't mathematicians. Well, I'm not. I've known people who are just better at "seeing" math than myself. I've always struggled to add a column of figures in my head, forget solving Fermat's Last Theorem . Which has been solved already. Just Read More...
Plan an Open House
September 3, 2008 4:49 PM by Scott Warner
A housekeeper once asked me, "What is it you do in the lab?" Her curiosity seemed genuine. I gave her a tour, which got me thinking. What is the laboratory? To patients, it is a phlebotomist and drawing station. To nurses, it is phlebotomists or technologists Read More...


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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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