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It is extremely important to get back to basics in whatever
we do. This simple edict is so often ignored because- well, because it is so
basic. We tend to go for the complicated and glitzy. I thought about this
truism when the CDC issued its new
more rigorous guidelines this past Monday.
There is nothing really complicated about the ...
The late oil well firefighter Red Adair said, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” During staffing shortages or budget crunches it can be expedient to hire a warm body but disastrous in the long run. Amateurs often don’t know what they don’t know, think they know more than they do, ...
Just a few short months ago Ebola was a disease in a far away continent. The greatest fear was that with our internationally mobile population a case or two might slip into the USA. Then 2 Americans in Liberia contracted the disease and were flown back amongst great fanfare to Atlanta's Emory Hospital where they were treated for several weeks, ...
Why do we run quality control in the laboratory? The simple, obvious answer is to ensure that the entire test system working together is able to produce reliable results. The rub lies in the concept of reliability. So we run QC based on manufacturer’s directives. But how does the manufacturer come up with its recommendations for a kit, set of ...
A hospital’s culture defines how it responds to customers and crises, whereas a cult is defined by the dictionary as “a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.” Cults have ideology, rituals, and symbols. Most hospitals have a cult of busy.
Ideology - the belief that “busy” means “important,” no ...
The laboratory profession is changing so quickly that
sometimes it is hard to keep up. Not only are we impacted technologically with
new tests, new modes of communication and new venues for storing and retrieving
data, but we are seeing innovative use of advanced technologies for our routine
testing (hello, LC/MS?). In addition, our whole ...
Our modern world has seen some unintentional, insane acts,
but what I am about to write about borders on chilling thoughts.
Over the weekend, a friend of mine mentioned that there seems
to be a problem with contaminated water being used to dilute pesticides sprayed
on fresh foods. Virologists and food scientists are looking into ...
The concept of Pay for performance (P4P) is based on the use of
incentives to encourage and reinforce the delivery of evidence-based clinical
practices in health care; with the goal of better outcomes.
As the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed, major payers have
adopted P4P as a way of curtailing costs while ...
Middle managers are often told to “engage” employees with buzzwords and gimmicks: empowerment, inclusion, work teams with stupid names made of acronyms, action plans, team huddles, and good old-fashioned delegation. We need to train our replacements, mentor those with potential, tell stories, emphasize cultural values, give feedback, hold people ...
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