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  • My Favorite Apps

    Apple trademarked “There’s an app for that” in 2010, although Google has edged ahead with its Android operating system. An app (short for application) is a program that runs on a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. Apple and Google each have well over half a million apps to download. I have an Android smartphone, but they all have apps ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 9, 2014
  • World Wide Records

    One of the key activities of a laboratory is maintaining complete and comprehensive documentation of all activities carried out. Every step of the testing process -- from requisitioning tests; to specimen acquisition, labeling, handling, and storage; to specimen testing; to reporting test results -- must be documented. In addition, ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on April 17, 2014
  • Do Cell Phones Belong in the OR?

    If there’s any question about our collective dependence on cell phone, Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, anesthesiologist and director of critical care medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, created a symptom checklist. You may recognize the questions, as they’re adapted fror the screener for ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • The Path of Least Resistance

    I believe everyone wants to do a good job. Maybe I'm a fool, but I can't imagine ever saying, ''Today, I am going to do something terribly wrong, on purpose.''  Usually there's a reason people diverge off the path. Maybe they need something they aren't getting. Maybe they are seeking to hide something. Maybe they are desperate or ...
    Posted to Nurse on the Run (Weblog) on March 27, 2014
  • Does Tech Support Believe You?

    More times than I can count I’ve discovered a problem with an instrument because of an unexpected shift or trend in quality control, called tech support, and been told there isn’t a problem. Recently a hematology field service tech told our techs that a shift wasn’t a shift, and (basically) that none of us knew what we were looking at. He ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 19, 2014
  • Get Some Sleep! Advice for the Ages

    Japan’s Misao Okawa turns 116 years old today, making her the world’s oldest living person. [http://tinyurl.com/ljhatk8]Among Okawa’s tips for a long life include eating sushi at least once a month and most importantly getting plenty of sleep. “You have to learn to relax” and nap as needed, she says. It’s not only sage advice, but ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 5, 2014
  • Free APPS for AAC!

    It's been fun this year to experiment with some free AAC IPad apps for a couple of non/low verbal students. Here are some of my finds! Sounding Board was recommended by an SLP at a local Children's Hospital. It's free, easy to use, and you can import pictures from your photo gallery, or take your own.  When I needed pictures for ''more'' ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on February 19, 2014
  • Labs Need to Embrace m-Health

    We have all got fairly used to the concept of e-healthcare in recent years. It is the odd healthcare organization, laboratory or physician office that depends mostly on paper records anymore. From legibility to patient safety to access to patient information across the continuum of care it makes sense to use computers and the internet rather ...
  • All The Other Labs Do It

    We report an estimated GFR using the MDRD (Modification of Diet in Renal Disease) equation. Sometime last year we stopped reporting the value in patients over seventy, because it hasn’t been validated for that subset of patients. It can still be useful, but it can also be misleading. Curious providers can use online calculators, preferable to ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 31, 2014
  • Apps at School: Finds for Preschoolers!

    I continue to love working in preschool again, and am enjoying using the iPad with the  younger set.  A couple of months ago I shared some of my favorite apps, but I have some new discoveries I would like to add! I mentioned Sago Mini's ''Doodlecast'' before, and continue to enjoy using it with the little ones. I was delighted to ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 22, 2014
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