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  • Are You Recognized?

    Being recognized for what we do is an essential human need. We appreciate a thank you, acknowledgement, or praise at work. The giver and receiver benefit from a sincere “Thanks!” Whether the effort is big or small -- sometimes the smallest things matter so much -- it’s crucial to be noticed. It can make the difference between a place to pick ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on June 16, 2014
  • Hurray for FOCUS 2014

    Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us.  nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational.  Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort at Disney World, near Orlando, Fla. It's an idyllic setting, as is ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 22, 2014
  • Why License Tour Guides but not Laboratorians?

      A 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.   The idea is that a certain body of knowledge is needed and the public can be fleeced or shortchanged if everyone and their uncle start ...
  • Can Ambien Be Linked to Murder?

    I read with some horror an article, Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect?, by John Gever in MedPage Today. Oh my goodness. I was aware of the bizarre behaviors reported with Ambien use: cooking while sleeping, having sex and not remembering... and driving while asleep. Still, I must admit this article shocked ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 8, 2014
  • In Celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

      So, 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 ...
  • Introduce Yourself

    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 ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • Election Time

    I am excited to see the elections this year. There are many new people on the ballot and the desire to bring new blood into the AAST and for more people to be involved is very exciting. I have also seen more people volunteering for committees. This again is exciting as our field grows and changes.  Why am I so ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Top 5 Deficiencies for Laboratories, Part II

    In part II of this blog, we will touch on Calibration and Quality Assurance. These two areas are among the most common areas of deficiencies and also tend to be frequently cited.Calibration: I get it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Calibration being missed is among the most common citations for laboratory deficiencies. Some instruments have ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
  • HHS Publishes Final Rule on Patient Access to Their Lab results

    Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that requires laboratories to give patients access to their lab results. A few years ago Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed the Obama Administration commitment to patient-centered care.   A part of that initiative, she indicated, had ...
  • Asleep During 'The Week'

    We just concluded Sleep Awareness week 2014.  I am ashamed to say that I completely forgot about it this year. This year I was too distracted and was not even aware until the last day. But I will make up for it next week by hosting a belated event.  After all, it is spreading the word and awareness for sleep ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on March 13, 2014
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