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  • When Are You Too Sick To Work?

    Viruses make the rounds during the winter months, and here in northern Maine with Spring finally here we’re still seeing coughing, stuffy heads, and wheezing. Allergy season is fast on the heels of a winter season that never seemed to end. I’ve not been sick, but coworkers have not been so fortunate. Some call in sick, others work out of guilt ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 4, 2015
  • The Lab Week That Was

    April is a busy month. It is Alcohol, Foot Health, Autism, Hepatitis, Child Abuse, Humor, Facial Protection, Minority Health, Occupational Therapy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sport’s Eye Safety, and Woman’s Health and Safety Awareness Month, according to one 2014 marketing brochure. During the month there is a Healthcare Access Personnel, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 24, 2015
  • When Is it OK to Mention Your Employer on Social Media?

    It goes without saying that we live in the world of social media. I am not ashamed to say (maybe I should be) that this not-so-young guy spends way too much time online. Among friends of my generation, I am the go-to guru for interpretation of social media terms and recommendation for the latest technology or app. I get lots of news on ...
  • Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

    It's time of year again we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others). The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) website has a very concise history of this celebration which, like the profession it highlights, has experienced many changes. It was ...
  • A Better Cell Count Calculation

    When I took High School physics, we were not allowed to use calculators. This was just as well, since they were bulky and expensive. The Texas Instruments SR-50 sold for $170 in 1974, which is over $860 today. Slide rules were cheap. Pen and paper was cheaper. Point is it’s always tempting to use a computer. Write a program, spreadsheet function, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 10, 2015
  • Get Out of the Basement

    Critical access hospitals should be just that for communities. But USA Today reported last November in a story called “Rural hospitals in critical condition,” “Since the beginning of 2010, 43 rural hospitals — with a total of more than 1,500 beds — have closed, according to data from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.” Patients ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 1, 2015
  • CAP Q-Probe Looks at Physician Satisfaction with the Laboratory

      A 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.   This Q-Probe is certainly not the first of its kind or scope, but is the latest. The study’s ...
  • Time for More Virtual Meetings Using AvailableTechnology

    This is the time of year when the major medical laboratory organizations hold their national meetings. These gatherings are a great opportunity for laboratorians to get together with their professional colleagues from around the country and also to listen to major players in the profession and on the cutting edge of ...
  • When Should You Upgrade?

    Your laboratory is probably a mix of old and new technology. You may have refrigerators decades old, small centrifuges that were purchased used and still run strong, a coagulation analyzer at the end of its five year contract, and a chemistry analyzer you just installed a month ago. Ideally, each new piece of hardware represents a new service, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 9, 2015
  • The Laboratory’s Expanded Role in Managing Kidney Disease

    Kidney disease is one of the most significant chronic ailments affecting Americans. Renal disease is often a sequela of one of several maladies that plague Americans: diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune disease, polycystic kidney disease and others.   An estimated 20 million Americans have chronic ...
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