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
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
A case I remember well involved a simple endometrial scraping, a curetting, a common type of specimen. An error occurred and it nearly resulted in a patient getting treatment for cancer that she didn’t have. As a patient, do you think the lab should have reported this error? It caused the patient no harm.…… Continue reading Will Your Doctor Tell You When They Error?
I didn’t know why Nancy wasn’t at work today, again. I asked and learned she has the rest of the week off. We don’t work the same shift but it was obvious she hadn’t been there because she is one of the powerhouse cutters. What I mean by that is, she cuts a lot and…… Continue reading Pink Slip
I have worked in labs for over thirty years. Most of that time was spent in clinical labs which are labs that service the needs of patients and the clinicians, your doctor. Over that time inspections have increased. Rules have been made to insure tests are done correctly. Those rules are usually the result of…… Continue reading Lab Errors