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  • Building Effective Educational Outreach

    In a medical office setting, the general office staff is often part of the de facto laboratory operation due to their responsibilities related to initially seeing and communicating with patients. This includes the intake and update of patient information, test ordering, specimen acquisition, labeling and initial handling, as well as ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on September 21, 2016
  • What We Could Learn from Pharmacists

      I know our profession is unique and cannot be identically modeled off any other profession. However in both my personal and professional lives I often try to learn lessons and draw parallels from observations around me.   I have been in this profession for more years than many of my readers have been alive. I have ...
  • Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2016

    It's that time of year again, when we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory Professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others). I receive a lot of email and read several misleading posts about ''Lab Week.'' So I am essentially reprinting a primer to share with colleagues.  The American ...
  • Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived

    A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the physician credential and title the campaign “Doctors that DO.” What could possibly be wrong ...
  • Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 2.

    Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain, “Well, they didn’t ask the lab!”  As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions.  Having come from the lab, I was not totally surprised. What really shocked me, however, ...
  • Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 1.

    Well today is my birthday and it's making me a little retrospective. As you all know I am not about making big resolutions based on the day or date; such as New Year's. However I did think back over my professional life today: what I have done, what impact I have made on the profession and what I would do differently, given a second ...
  • We’re All in This Together

    An “us versus them” attitude is common in all workplaces. Lab techs don’t understand nurses or nurses don’t understand lab techs. I’ve heard techs whine many times over the years, “If only the nurses could come down here and watch what we do for a day.” Never once have I seen a tech volunteer to do what a nurse does. But the same attitude can ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 2, 2015
  • Controlling Specimen Identification Errors: A Quiz

    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 ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on October 26, 2015
  • Please and Thank You

    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 ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 23, 2015
  • Celebrating Differences

      There are differences all around us: at work, in society, and even in our own family or circle of friends. We tend to focus on the differences a lot. Just look at the news and see how all of societal ills are being blamed on those who are different from us.   This weekend I have been catching up on my reading. I just read ...
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