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  • Pulse Oximetry Tests for CCHD

    All babies in the U.S. have a newborn blood screen. Newborn screens are run by each state.  All states test for sickle cell, metabolic, endocrine disorders and nearly all screen for cystic fibrosis (CF).  Other states may choose to test for more disease processes in the newborn blood screens. Early diagnosis allows parents ...
  • Will 2015 Be The Year Your Watch Teaches You About Your Health?

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by  Dr. van Terheyden, CMIO at Nuance Communications.] Regardless of which side of the exam table you sit, we're all healthcare consumers. Technology holds the potential to create clinical synergy between patients and caregivers, providing better intelligence about personal health ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on February 5, 2015
  • What Needs to be Done to Improve Nursing Home Care

    Over two decades ago the report from the Institute of Medicine (IoM) led the way for monumental changes to take place within the nursing home industry. The report of the IoM basically stated that nursing homes needed significant reform and that it was an industry that was loosely regulated, potentially compromising the lives of many who ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • Collecting Good Data

    As professional data collectors, lab techs are poor data collectors, at least when it comes to quality assurance. I’m not sure why this is. It could be a flaw in the collection method, distractions that take priority, measurement interference with the process, or a combination of factors. For example, we tried to collect data on how many ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 26, 2015
  • The Old and the New

    Many years ago when I was taught to run a Monospot, I was instructed in the fine art of rotating the card in a figure 8. The goal was to equally rotate the mixtures in all circles while scanning for agglutination. But in case that was too difficult, vendors marketed a slow-motion rotator that did the same thing. That was progress for the time: ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 12, 2015
  • Your Social Media Career

    Merriam Webster defines career as “a job or profession that someone does for a long time,” a traditional definition related to one’s vocation or life’s work. But the website Dictionary.com adds a more general “a person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life,” e.g. soldier, student, etc. Your social media ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 2, 2015
  • Fraud in the Respiratory Profession

    It recently came to my attention that a respiratory equipment representative was trying to convince some respiratory therapists that patients who required noninvasive ventilation could be put on a ventilator in bi-level mode, and the therapists could use the higher-paying billing code for a ventilator instead of the lower-paying billing code for a ...
    Posted to An RT Paradigm Shift (Weblog) on December 31, 2014
  • Microhematuria

    Hematuria, or blood in the urine, is distinct from microhematuria. The latter isn’t visible to the naked eye and is detected under the microscope. (The prefix micro is from the Greek mikros, meaning “small.”) It isn’t unusual in urinalysis to see a clear urine with microscopic red cells. Microhematuria may be detected on the dipstick either as ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 15, 2014
  • Soon an Entire Lab on a Chip?

    Bigger is not always better, it turns out. It seems our appliances, gadgets and instruments are getting smaller; or at least coming in smaller versions, even as they have more capability. I was watching an old crime movie this past weekend and burst out laughing when a detective pulled out a cell phone the size and shape of a brick. ...
  • A Simple Piece of String Can Enhance Your Life

    Living longer. Many individuals are often attempting to find some fountain of youth that can enhance their lives. Commercials and advertisements abound with supposed remedies that will increase one's life. Yet, a very simple technique that dentists have been advocating for years can be an important enhancement for one's longevity. Research has ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on December 8, 2014
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