A Perspective

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

Will Your Doctor Tell You When They Error?

  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?

Pink Slip

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

Friday and You

Fridays can be a bad day to have a biopsy taken. To explain why, I’ll give you the following, a phone call that came in to my lab on a Friday afternoon. To understand this call,¬†I work in a large lab that receives specimens from other hospitals and the call is about a biopsy the…… Continue reading Friday and You

Lost Again

They lost another patient’s specimen today. I noticed the supervisor, assistant supervisor, lead tech, and two of my fellow techs searching under every piece of equipment, desk, and through all the garbage. They came around to each of us who were cutting to see if the lost block was among our blocks. Maybe it was…… Continue reading Lost Again

Where to go for Care

Care varies with the size of the institution. As a patient, this information can be important in choosing a hospital. In my experience, there is a direct relationship between the degree of expertise of a lab, pathologist, or surgeon¬†based on the size/type of the hospital. Local Community Hospital A local community hospital does not usually…… Continue reading Where to go for Care