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  • Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived

    A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession.   Some clever marketer decided to use the physician credential and title the campaign “Doctors that DO.” What ...
  • Laboratories Lead the Fight Against Zika

    We are rapidly approaching Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, (MLPW), the annual celebration of the medical laboratory profession, and those who play such a vital role in the delivery of quality healthcare. It has been celebrated annually since 1975, during the last full week of April, and once again, the vital role of the laboratory is ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on March 18, 2016
  • Critical Time Limits

    The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal 2 is to improve communication. For a laboratory, this means reporting critical results on a timely basis. Labs have to define critical results, by whom and to whom they are reported, and an acceptable length of time between “availability” and reporting. Have computers lengthened our reporting ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 7, 2016
  • Managing Your Inventory

    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 laboratory. The goals of any inventory ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on February 22, 2016
  • Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 2.

    Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain, “Well, they didn’t ask the lab!”  As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions.  Having come from the lab, I was not totally surprised. What really shocked me, however, ...
  • Who Can You Follow?

    According to one site, 1 in 40 adults (about 2.3% of the US population) suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. While it’s a serious condition that can be treated and is no laughing matter, I can’t help musing if the percentage of lab techs with OCD is higher. Most techs I’ve known joke about OCD, because the field requires a lot of learned ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on February 18, 2016
  • Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 1.

    Well today is my birthday and it's making me a little retrospective. As you all know I am not about making big resolutions based on the day or date; such as New Year's. However I did think back over my professional life today: what I have done, what impact I have made on the profession and what I would do differently, given a second ...
  • Cyber Insecurity

    Last September, the FBI issued a warning that devices and objects that connect to the internet to send and receive data are vulnerable to cyber-attack. While this warning referenced many popular lifestyle devices such as smart phones and wearable fitness monitors, it also included devices common to laboratories and other businesses, such as ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on January 29, 2016
  • Do You Speak IT? (Part 2)

    Today, we continue with our discussion of commonly misused terms in healthcare information technology (IT). The recent and rapid development of this technology, as well as the evolving applications of these same terms, opens up the possibility of misinterpreted use. It’s important to ensure that we are all on “the same page” when using these ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on January 11, 2016
  • Looking Ahead

    Each new year brings change after a season of excess. At home it’s time to hit the gym, dust off the exercise bike, and put the juicer back on the kitchen counter. At work it’s time to bundle up 2015, discard old records, and think about planning vacations for the year. Perhaps, you have resolved to mend relationships, forge new ones, or rekindle ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 6, 2016
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