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This Summer, Stay Hydrated
July 10, 2015 10:55 AM by Scott Warner
Summer is hot, even in Maine. We do more outside, stay outside for longer periods of time, and sweat more. Employees may exercise by walking a lunch break or may sit outside during breaks and meals to enjoy the weather. Laboratory environments can be Read More...
Healthy Choices
June 15, 2015 9:17 AM by Scott Warner
A recent study in Population Health Management shows a link between unhealthy eating and lower work productivity. Sleep deprivation and smoking are also linked to hits on productivity. According to the study those between 30 and 39 were most susceptible, Read More...
Take Advantage of Wellness
July 4, 2014 6:39 AM by Scott Warner
According to a Rand Corporation report about half of U.S. employers offer wellness programs. The bigger the employer, the bigger the program, many of which include risk assessments. Despite evidence that wellness is associated with lower healthcare costs Read More...
Eat Breakfast, Work Smarter
February 5, 2014 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
We employed a temp doctor who loved terrible breakfasts. During rounds we would stop by the dictation room to update her on cultures and other issues, and she listened while inhaling a fast food breakfast sausage muffin egg and cheese thing wrapped in Read More...
Is Your Hospital Secure?
December 21, 2012 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
The recent tragedy in Connecticut has spurred debate on topics related to public safety, which is good. Our most vulnerable citizens need protection. This includes children, the elderly and infirm, and patients in hospitals. That list includes healthcare Read More...
Passive Aggressiveness
March 30, 2012 7:26 AM by Scott Warner
I often hear “He is just being passive aggressive” or “Her problem is she is passive aggressive” to dismiss behavior we don’t like or understand. A passive aggressive person has always seemed to me someone who mucks up the works without having the assertiveness Read More...
Are 12-Hour Shifts Safe?
December 5, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
When nurses switch to 12-hour shifts, I wonder if back injury claims increase. Nurses and nurse assistants literally do the heavy lifting in hospitals, and patients aren’t getting smaller. Forcing fifty- and sixty-something people with a lifetime of cumulative Read More...
Our Noise Problem
September 2, 2011 6:27 AM by Scott Warner
If you go to “Hospital Compare,” a site maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services summarizing the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores, you can find out how quiet the hospitals in your area Read More...
August 13, 2010 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
A large patient arrives at the laboratory after hours to have blood drawn. She slowly follows the only tech on duty down a short hallway and around a corner to a phlebotomy area. The tech hesitates as the patient studies a narrow drawing chair. She turns Read More...
April 28, 2010 6:16 AM by Scott Warner
Oh mercy, mercy me / Oh, things ain't what they used to be , sang the late Marvin Gaye. Since January of 2010 a Maine law has required hospitals to screen most patients for MRSA. We already look for MRSA if there is an infection, of course, but this is Read More...
Write Thyself
October 9, 2009 6:55 AM by Scott Warner
It wouldn't surprise me if most laboratories have more written procedures than all other departments of the hospital combined -- shelves of them in worn, bursting binders. Printed or scanned, that's a lot of writing. And I'll bet the procedures are all Read More...
The Press
April 18, 2008 9:49 AM by Scott Warner
I sometimes wonder why an evening newscast devotes so much time to what the weather might do and so little to all the neat stuff happening under all that weather. Then it hits me like an extra of the Times . The news is a mile-wide, inch-deep phenomenon. Read More...


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