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  • To UV or Not to UV

    While on safety rounds in our pharmacy one day I noticed a switch on their biosafety cabinet for an ultraviolet light. Is this used? I wondered. Neither of us used UV, but we decided to check, since both of our hoods were due for annual maintenance. According to one of my sources, these lights are used in pharmacies. According to the biotech guy, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on June 10, 2015
  • Your Company’s Computer Guy

    Saturday Night Live used to have this recurring skit about a rude computer technician played by Jimmy Fallon. He’d appear and respond to polite questions with snarking geek jokes, yell “MOVE!” and type the solution in a few keystrokes. “Was that so hard?” There’s more than a grain of truth in this humor. While jargon-laden professions with ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 22, 2015
  • Correcting Corrective Action

    Lab techs typically think of “corrective action” as it relates to quality control. A QC point is out, the tech checks reagent levels, finds out the reagent level in the well is low, puts on fresh reagent, and repeats the controls. But was this really the problem? If the QC is in e.g. “corrected,” we all assume yes. Experience with methods teaches ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 18, 2015
  • Connecting Desktops

    Imagine two offices in different parts of the building, and you work in both of them. Many times you need to share information between the offices, a task complicated by the distance between them and the time it takes to move papers, telephone contacts, etc. from one to the other. If only you could someone connect both offices seamlessly, your ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 13, 2015
  • Remote Desktops

    Let’s face it. So far the “Information Age,” what futurist Alvin Toffler coined The Third Wave in 1980, has been a headache of electronic junk, slow computers, confusing software, extra work, and ergonomic nightmares. Geeks aside, computers are often more trouble than they are worth. But every now and then there are glimpses of a future that ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 8, 2015
  • Introducing the SLP Profession

    May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of every individual’s fundamental right to communication. Communication allows us to make social connections, develop emotional bonds with others, and have a sense of agency - to be active in the daily decisions of our lives. Visible markers, from a poster, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 30, 2015
  • HIMSS15 Nursing Informatics Survey: Implications for Education, Training and Culture Change

    Nursing informatics has come into own, according to the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey. Announced at HIMSS15 and supported by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, the survey documents the impact of informatics nurses on health information technology (HIT), workflow and productivity. It also carries implications for nurse ...
  • A Stark Reminder of Polio

    By Ted Hill, MBE, CEO, The British Polio FellowshipThe recent news that 107 children in the U.S. have been left paralyzed from what is being described as a “Polio-like disease” is deeply concerning. It offers a stark reminder of times gone by when the world was plunged into a Polio epidemic that killed thousands and left many more with lasting ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on April 10, 2015
  • Joining the Conversation

    Daily conversation unites individuals and groups. We establish social bonding and friendships through every day, seemingly trivial, exchanges. Many children with pragmatic challenges (impairments in social language) may have difficulty joining a conversation. Sometimes children have an underlying pragmatic deficit, such as Autism Spectrum ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on April 10, 2015
  • A Better Cell Count Calculation

    When I took High School physics, we were not allowed to use calculators. This was just as well, since they were bulky and expensive. The Texas Instruments SR-50 sold for $170 in 1974, which is over $860 today. Slide rules were cheap. Pen and paper was cheaper. Point is it’s always tempting to use a computer. Write a program, spreadsheet function, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 10, 2015
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