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A STAT list is a relic of a time when it was common for labs to have call, labor intensive
tests, and batch testing. If your lab has any of these, you may also have a STAT list. It’s a
list of tests that your lab performs STAT, and anything not on the list usually isn’t. If, for
example, a B12 and Folate is not on the STAT list, a ...
Through a friend in Paris, I was able to speak briefly with a medical lab scientist at the American Hospital of Paris. I was interested in getting an overview of how the hospital, particularly the lab, responded in the hours directly after the massacre and perhaps see if their protocols were similar in any way to what we are used to in the United ...
1999 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published that seminal report, To Err is
Human: Building a Safer Health System.
can all recite the much-quoted statistics that medical errors result in between
44,000 and 98,000 deaths in this country each and every year. The report rated medical
errors as the 8th ...
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 ...
Laboratories spend a lot of time developing, writing, reviewing, updating, and maintaining procedure manuals. But it’s common to see a tech pull a kit from a refrigerator, remove the package insert from the box, and use that to run the test.
CLIA standard 493.1251 for procedure manuals spells out what your laboratory needs, and it isn’t ...
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 ...
The Ghostbusters reboot has me chuckling over the original. There’s a scene where an EPA official asks Bill Murray’s character to see the ghost storage facility, and Murray refuses explaining,
“Because you did not use the magic word.” In an expression typifying bureaucratic obsequiousness for the ages the EPA man asks what that is. Murray ...
few days ago during the Miss America televised pageant one of the contestants,
Kelley Johnson representing Colorado, presented a somewhat unique “talent.”
Instead of singing or dancing or twirling a baton, Johnson, a registered nurse,
came on stage in scrubs, a stethoscope slung around her neck and proceeded to highlight the ...
As laboratory professionals, our focus on quality begins by
looking inward at our operational processes -- from specimen collection to
result reporting. But the application of this work is then externalized, sent
to the ordering physicians and applied to their patients. The way we perform and report our work and
its effect on patient ...
a few short years ago healthcare technology company Theranos burst on the
scene. This company founded by a non-scientist college dropout Elizabeth Holmes
is now a billion-dollar success story.
differentiating edge is to make lab tests available easier, faster, cheaper and
using micro samples instead ...