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  • Keeping Kids Safe Over the Summer: Social Media & Smart Phones!

    I have been thinking a lot about social media use in typically developing adolescents and adolescents with language impairments and disorders such as ADHD and autism. You might wonder what it has to do with us as SLPs, but in many schools appropriate use of social media and the Internet is part of the curriculum. I have been fortunate to work ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 11, 2014
  • A Better Blood Bank History

    Blood bank is a dangerous department. Giving a patient the wrong unit of red cells can be fatal, something all techs who work in blood bank worry about. I’ve seen this happen once in my career. Truth is we don’t know how often this really happens, since two thirds of the time units will be ABO-compatible. Scary, huh? Good blood bank practice ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on June 2, 2014
  • Computer Scheduling

    Artificial intelligence is everywhere. Ray Kurzweil, inventor and author of The Singularity is Near, has commented that we don’t realize it because it just becomes something mundane that computers do. We expect a virtual analog of ourselves like HAL in 2001, while computers everywhere analyze, filter, translate, decide on, feed us information, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 23, 2014
  • Faster Scheduling

    Scheduling is the bane of every manager’s existence. Those who delegate “self-scheduling” are only kidding themselves. Not only is creating a schedule time consuming, time spent making it “fair” is unrewarding. Managers can explain themselves blue to staff who have already decided they’ve been stiffed. Management should spend time team ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 19, 2014
  • 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
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