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noticed how much more attention waived testing is getting these days?
We know that
CLIA has defined waived tests as laboratory procedures which
employ methodologies that are so simple and accurate as to render the
likelihood of erroneous results negligible; and which pose no reasonable risk
of harm to the patient if the test is ...
Procedures are the core of every laboratory, but are they followed? Watching people work, I wonder. Most techs have workarounds for the trivial and the critical, from organizing an instrument run to blood bank serology to reading culture plates. It isn’t that tasks are difficult to standardize; procedures can be incomplete, lacking details of ...
A new year starts in just a few hours and this is
traditionally the time to make resolutions.
Some people are just pressured into resolving to do better because it is
what is expected. Others sincerely pledge to make some positive change in their
The sad reality is, however, that most new
year’s resolutions fail. It ...
Teamwork isn’t just coaching, sharing goals, cheerleading, and celebrating success. Most of us are emotionally vested in work. We want to do well and feel good when we are associated with a place that cares about the people who work for it. And more importantly when we know coworkers care about each other.
If, for example, you work at a lab ...
this week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report of job prospects
for the next ten years (actually between 2012 and 2022).
surprisingly, healthcare topped the list of attractive fields, projected to
grow at almost three percent, adding an estimated 5 million new workers- ...
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t -- you’re right.” Ironically, something called the FORD technique can help us when we are struck dumb to make small talk.
Caught in an elevator, sitting in the cafeteria, or waiting for a patient to return in a room with a family member, you’ve probably felt that creeping panic ...
Sometimes, I wonder if life is work between breaks or breaks between work. Conventional wisdom states if we love our jobs it isn’t really work, but that’s bargaining with reality. We all need a break. Taking time off is important.
Despite the health benefits of time off, including a reduced risk of heart disease and improved reaction times, we ...
Merriam-Webster defines consensus as “a general agreement about something: an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group.” That’s a pretty good definition. Examples in the laboratory:
There is a lack of consensus about the holiday schedule.
The decision to order additional O units was made by consensus.
Our quality improvement projects have often involved collecting data for a period of time and then deciding what to do with it. This proactive approach that relies on performance measurement should be more relaxing than responding to negative feedback, which is often the case with improvement projects. It’s difficult to strip down and redesign ...
2006, industry giant, Abbott Diagnostics made a major investment in medical
laboratory science by launching a campaign called Labs Are Vital. They spent
quite a bit of money and expended human resources in setting up a website and trying
to energize the medical laboratory community to help spread the message to the