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Stress at Work
June 19, 2015 7:14 AM by Scott Warner
ABC News reports Medical Professional as right in the middle of the most stressful jobs in America, right behind working parents, deployed military personnel, and police officer. These types of lists vary from survey to survey, but the reason stress is Read More...
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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...
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To UV or Not to UV
June 10, 2015 6:33 AM by Scott Warner
While on safety rounds in our pharmacy one day I noticed a switch on their biosafety cabinet for an ultraviolet light. Is this used? I wondered. Neither of us used UV, but we decided to check, since both of our hoods were due for annual maintenance. According Read More...
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Know Your ABCs
March 4, 2015 7:20 AM by Scott Warner
When I was a teenager a local businessman ran a company called ABC Rubbish, I suppose so it would be listed first in the telephone book. We always called it “Already Been Chewed.” To this day that’s the main reason I remember that company. Mnemonics (from Read More...
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How Safe Is Your Lab?
February 27, 2015 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Healthcare is hazardous to your health. A 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report lists the highest number of workplace injuries in healthcare (176,380), followed by manufacturing (127,410) and construction (74,950). Nearly half of lost workdays caused Read More...
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Do You Look At Charts?
February 4, 2015 5:45 AM by Scott Warner
When I blogged about looking at inpatient charts in 2012, we had implemented CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry) to a limited degree. Now that it’s commonplace and there are few written physician orders, it’s still useful to look at charts. Each Read More...
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Order Entry Errors
December 19, 2014 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
One of our more common complaints is that we didn’t do the correct test. We missed a test because it was not seen, illegible, or written on the back of a two-sided form; we assumed an abbreviation meant something unintended by the physician; we entered Read More...
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Our Aging Eyes
December 10, 2014 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
It’s becoming harder and harder to see what I used to take for granted. I’ve always been nearsighted and worn glasses since age ten. I’ve never thought twice about it until a few years ago. Myopia (nearsightedness) is caused by an image focusing in front Read More...
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One Size Never Fits All
November 17, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
One size fits all is an advertising gimmick, but we all know it isn’t true. Shelves are too high, microscopes are too low, and there is never enough room for paper. But the reality of our workspace is that it has to be designed to fit most people. This Read More...
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Smartphone Infections
November 7, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Do you remember other kids eating dirt when you were young? It was commonplace to make mud pies, jump in puddles, and put tadpoles in pockets. We all played outside in dirt and grime, bit fingernails, ate baloney and cheese sandwiches without hand washing, Read More...
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Ebola is a Wake Up Call
October 29, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
The latest personal protective equipment guidelines from the CDC for Ebola emphasize training in donning and doffing PPE, no skin exposure, and a buddy system to make sure the process is followed. As their site states, “Focusing only on PPE gives a false Read More...
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Distractions Cause Errors
October 20, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
A study at Michigan State University found that three second interruptions doubled error rates; longer distractions increased errors. Another study in Australia found that nurse medication errors increased twelve percent for every interruption. And a Read More...
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Hold This For Five Minutes
September 17, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
I hate tape. I don’t really mind having blood drawn, but tape is a pain. Yanking or coaxing it off, it doesn’t matter. Getting hair ripped off my arms always hurts more than a needle. So when the phlebotomist or medical assistant says, “Hold this for Read More...
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Do You Microsleep?
September 3, 2014 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
I keep forgetting about the cool site Stumbleupon, which will find web sites based on your interests. Then I’ll get an email, say “Aha!” and stumble away. I’ve found a few good ideas this way. For example, the other day I read an article on microsleep. Read More...
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Keyboard Ergonomics
July 9, 2014 11:46 AM by Scott Warner
What started out attached to a desktop personal computer is everywhere. Keyboards are attached to computer terminals, COWs (Computers on Wheels), and many instruments. Yet little has changed in their design (more about that below). They are big, bulky, Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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