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Space for Work
August 23, 2010 6:12 AM by Scott Warner
Two years ago, we renovated our small lab. Our workstations were around a central “clean” area for paperwork that had become a junk collector; different departments couldn’t see each other; inaccessible counters were used for storage. We removed filing Read More...
Paperless Order Entry
April 5, 2010 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Recently I blogged about paperless procedures. They key to "paperless" is to completely replace a paper process with a virtual one. The advantages are practically infinite, redundant, cheap storage and the ability of multiple users to access data from Read More...
Lean Dreams
February 8, 2010 6:26 AM by Scott Warner
By now, few of us in the industry haven't heard of " Lean ," Toyota's production system. To maximize productivity, we have to eliminate "waste," including extra steps, overproduction, product defects, and so on. It's an idea with great appeal, especially Read More...
Ask, Don't Tell
November 11, 2009 7:15 AM by Scott Warner
As a kid I heard Talk is cheap , meaning that talking about doing something is the easy part. Boy, was that the truth! My homework and chores didn't get themselves done, no matter how much I talked about doing them or (often enough) why I hadn't. And Read More...
July 31, 2009 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
Every so often a book changes your life. Way Down Cellar made reading fun, turning rainy days into great adventures. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet inspired me to write stories, and I've been writing ever since. Time Wars made me consider Read More...
Fast Bar Codes
July 27, 2009 7:20 AM by Scott Warner
Let's suppose your information system test database prints at least one barcode specimen label for each test. This label contains the patient name, account number, test order number, a description of the test, and the barcode itself. Now suppose a new Read More...
Work Smarter
July 13, 2009 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
As economic pressures increase you may hear a buzz about "productivity." Your manager or senior administrator may use benchmarking to compare your laboratory to others. And if you aren't working hard enough by the numbers, you'll hear that, too. Not working Read More...
March 30, 2009 4:38 AM by Scott Warner
Consider two chemistry analyzers. The first requires a lot of hands-on time to run and maintain, and the reagent cost is per aliquot. You're paying for reagent used for calibration, quality control, troubleshooting and waste. The second analyzer is a Read More...


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