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Were you ever one of those techs that questioned the utility
of parallel testing? Ok, I admit it, me
too! I used to think that lot-to-lot verification, also referred to as
crossover studies or parallel testing, was a nuisance, but that is because I
didn’t fully understand it. Therefore, I get it when customers call me with
Blood bank is a dangerous department. Giving a patient the wrong unit of red cells can be fatal, something all techs who work in blood bank worry about. I’ve seen this happen once in my career. Truth is we don’t know how often this really happens, since two thirds of the time units will be ABO-compatible. Scary, huh?
Good blood bank practice ...
The Internet is an amazing place. The other day I found a page compiling “Time Management Statistics” maintained by a workforce productivity site called Key Organization Systems. Assuming they are accurate, I’ve rearranged a few for context:
In one survey of middle managers, 59% lost important information because they couldn’t find it. ...
recent article in the Economist made
me chuckle. It covers in a deliberately humorous way, the story that tour
guides in Washington, DC must be licensed, or face stiff fines.
idea is that a certain body of knowledge is needed and the public can be
fleeced or shortchanged if everyone and their uncle start ...
Some people are list makers. It’s a good feeling to make a list and cross off things as they’re done. Research shows that writing down a task gives you a better chance of getting it done. It helps organize your mind at the start of the day for today, during your work, or at the end of the day for tomorrow. For many people, daily to do lists ...
Recently, CRI had a webinar, titled “Effective Laboratory
Utilization: New Health Care Models,” and somehow the word utilization made me think of STATs. It made me remember the years
when I was right out of lab school and was often stressed out every time a STAT
was dropped off in the lab. For this
week, let’s talk about the lab’s ...
The more I deal with process design, the more I suspect human error is systemic. Not that we are flawless workers -- one author parses mistakes and slips by intention or outcome -- but we give the system a pass too often and blame human error. We work within complex systems, and our own techniques, memories, and attitudes are part of that ...
it’s that time of year again. This week we turn our attention to celebrating
medical laboratorians. It is the one
week out of the year when we highlight the very important role played by those
of us who practice in the laboratory.
Although the information we provide is so vital to healthcare, we are ...
Each morning in our laboratory, we round the wards to review charts and talk to nurses and doctors about care related to lab issues. We’ve been doing this for a couple of years. This year we added patient rounding.
The idea is simple: each morning we choose one or two patients and do a “check in” to say hello, introduce ourselves in the light ...
It’s inevitable. Sooner or later as healthcare professionals we become patients ourselves or our family members are patients. As insiders we are invaluable observers. We know how things should work. We know what to look for. Yet our input or feedback is less valued and seldom sought, another blog.
Recently in the ED with a family member I ...