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In a medical office setting, the general office staff is
often part of the de facto laboratory operation due to their responsibilities
related to initially seeing and communicating with patients. This includes the
intake and update of patient information, test ordering, specimen acquisition,
labeling and initial handling, as well as ...
The impact of Millennials’ interpretations and expectations
of quality service from the healthcare profession in general—and laboratories
in particular—continues to grow with each passing year. Now the largest
generation demographically, Millennials are coming of age and gradually
assuming their rightful place as both mass consumers and ...
It is a well-known fact by now that most laboratory errors
occur in the pre- and post-analytic phases of testing and that these errors can
have a significant impact on patient care. Often, these activities do not occur
within the physical confines of the laboratory, but in other locations—often by
personnel not directly managed by the ...
Sometimes, you have the good fortune to find qualified staff
within a short time to replace those who have left, minimizing the disruption
to your daily routine. More often than not, it takes a while to find the
“right” person for your lab. In the meantime, the remaining techs have to take
on extra shifts, work in other specialties or take on ...
Are we seeing the last gasps of community hospital laboratories? Sometimes I wonder. A 2007 article in Clinical Chemistry states, “Many laboratories already outsource esoteric tests to other (reference) laboratories, but outsourcing should also be considered for non-esoteric tests (6). The motivation to outsource should be that a specific test can ...
It seems that experiences always occur in groups. Recently I had 3 separate but similar experiences that made me decide to write this blog.
Laboratorians on an online forum were discussing recent issues that their particular labs faced with nursing, such as specimen draws above an IV, many hemolyzed specimens, abuse of ...
Microbiology techs are like detectives where the motive for a crime remains a mystery.
Identifying the weapon requires expertise. Staphylococcus epidermidis, for example, is normal skin flora in a surface wound and a contaminant in many others. If a specimen isn’t collected using rigorous technique, it’s difficult to know what is a real ...
In a recent article, Dr. Diane Shannon talked very poignantly of the reason she left the practice of medicine. Shannon said she was burnt out and wanted to be another addition to the statistic that suicide is higher among female physicians than among females in the general population.
That sounds like hyperbole until you hear how much this ...
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 to work up.
All good micro techs use the Gram stain. Intracellular organisms are an immediate ...
An acronym pulled from the alphabet soup is CQI, or Continuous Quality Improvement. Managers and quality improvement people use this to show that everything can be improved, even processes that work. Continuously trying to improve quality generates incremental improvements; rather than completely redesigning a process, it is changed in response ...