It is usually easy for me to find topics to write about. I need only pay attention at work. For instance, I was cutting a bloody autopsy block when I remembered the H1N1 block I had cut years ago. With all the discussion still surrounding vaccines, I thought it was a good time to share…… Continue reading Computers in the Lab
In 2009, in the middle of the H1N1 flu pandemic, I cut an autopsy block that was mostly clotted blood. I knew the H1N1 killed by filling lungs with blood. It was unsettling to have a block like that in my hand. Had the person really died from H1N1? At the time, there was all…… Continue reading H1N1
It is common in the field of pathology that one pathologist is not certain of a diagnosis. The pathologist is the type of doctor that reads the slides I prepare in the histology lab. They can look at the slide and usually they can see what is wrong with the patient. They can tell if…… Continue reading Consults
I have a medical condition that necessitated a couple of surgeries and several years of hospital based treatments. My insurance was not accepted at the hospital where I worked, which was the best hospital in the area. Because of that, and because I couldn’t afford the tens of thousands of dollars my healthcare would cost…… Continue reading As a Patient
When I go to work and see the same mistakes happen again and again, I get discouraged. I see the way some techs work, their poor skills, their unwillingness to improve. I see supervision addressing the problems of broken equipment, budgets, scheduling, and not work habits that cause delays, errors, and poor results. I began…… Continue reading A Perspective
My daughter recommended the topic for my last post: Hospital Quality and Care. She had seen a number of advertisements by drug companies that claimed their drug would help cancer patients. I commonly comment on these types of advertisements and she wanted to me explain to you how I determine when drugs are good or bad.…… Continue reading What Does That Study Mean?
Every hospital has its week and strong areas of care. The number of nurses per patient, chances of getting infected with MRSA, the death rate during various surgical procedures, and the types of care provided are a few examples of the ways in which a hospital might be considered. As a patient, once admitted, you…… Continue reading Hospital Quality and Care