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The importance of properly managing inventory so that supplies
for all phases of testing in your laboratory are available, accessible and
in-date is critical, not only for providing quality patient care, but for the
fiscal solvency, operational efficiency, customer service and staff morale of
The goals of any inventory ...
recent College of American Pathologists (CAP) Q-Probe investigated the level of
physician satisfaction with what the laboratory has to offer. I always find
satisfaction surveys instructive and this one was no exception.
Q-Probe is certainly not the first of its kind or scope, but is the latest. The study’s ...
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day.
This is the 25th annual observance of the day originally organized under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS and garner support for research, understanding, education and allocation of resources.
We have come a long way in our understanding, treatment and ...
After my recent blog on multitasking I had a discussion at work and home about the subject. All the women in our lab agreed men are lousy multitaskers. “I’m multitasking right now,” one of the techs said. “I just received two specimens from the ER, took another from the centrifuge, and I’m repeating this potassium.” Another agreed. “We ...
My wife and I often joke about thinking alike. I’ll say, ''It’s great that you can finish my...'' and she immediately adds, ''... sentences.'' What’s interesting is it’s really true. We do finish each others thoughts and even sound alike. And our teenagers, who have spent most of their lives together, sound even more alike. We’re all too aware ...
The news has been rife with reports of dead birds suddenly falling from the sky in several states. Now, it’s fish washing up on shore.
It’s interesting to hear theories being floated: the birds were hit by lightning, traumatized by New Year’s fireworks. When fish started dying biologists floated the theory of an environmental factor being ...
There is lots of talk these days about best practices. In medicine these refer to procedures, guidelines or protocols that yield the best outcomes at the best cost. For example it is generally accepted that chest pain patients presenting to the emergency department should have cardiac enzymes done, be given an EKG, and an aspirin.
According to a recent study by the Center for Studying Health System Change, Americans are increasingly using the Internet to get health information. In 2007, almost 58 percent of the U.S. population--or more than 122 million people--sought health information from sources other than their doctor, as compared to only about 38 percent or ...