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  • 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
  • Do Disclaimers Add Value?

    Our tendency to comment results with disclaimers is strong. Examples: Reporting pathogens in a urine culture with many skin flora and adding “possible contamination” Reporting a potassium on a hemolyzed sample and adding “hemolysis may increase results” Reporting a WBC differential and adding “fibrin strands seen on peripheral ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 12, 2014
  • Smartphone Infections

    Do you remember other kids eating dirt when you were young? It was commonplace to make mud pies, jump in puddles, and put tadpoles in pockets. We all played outside in dirt and grime, bit fingernails, ate baloney and cheese sandwiches without hand washing, drank from the garden hose, and played on the floor in retail stores. It never occurred ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 7, 2014
  • Finding the Problem: Avoiding the Misguided Search

    One of the buzzwords in long-term care is looking for the ''root-cause'' for various problems that arise. Many of these ''root-cause'' searches are often based on resident care. Others are often facility-based, especially related to financial information, staffing, and general supplies and facility maintenance. However, many of ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 30, 2014
  • Can Jellyfish Hold the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?

    The fountain of youth and eternal life has been something that has been sought and spoken about for a number of years. We still often hear the term, ''anti-aging'' used in reference to various types of supplements that are frequently advertised, as if using these supposed products will reverse aging or prevent any further aging in the ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • Researchers Prove the Role and Value of Simulation in Nursing Education

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) released in August 2014 the findings of its research, ''The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Pre-licensure Nursing Education.'' The core finding: When nursing educators substitute high-quality ...
  • IG# and Sepsis

    Our current hematology analyzer was a big step up from a Sysmex K4500 with a 3-part differential to a Sysmex XT-1800i with a 5-part differential. I remember arranging a conference call between the bean counters and the pathologist to explain why the difference was important. Since then we have successfully eliminated percentage differential ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 10, 2014
  • What’s Your Lab Doing about IQCP?

    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 ...
  • ICD-10: Ready, Set, Code

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation for Nuance.]  Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for or against ICD-10. That's not going to change. Healthcare providers must be proactive ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on October 2, 2014
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