Computers in the Lab

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

As a Patient

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

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

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

Lab Errors

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

Foreign Bodies

Body parts, as well as things that shouldn’t be in the body, get sent to the Histology Lab. At one of my first positions as a tech, I saw a McDonald’s coffee cup that had been pulled from a person’s colon. It was filled with cement and shoved up there and got stuck.   At that time, I…… Continue reading Foreign Bodies

Fast Work in the Histology Lab

Karen is going on maternity leave and that is met with sorrow. It’s not that she is so fantastic to work with. She is nice and she tells funny stories, but the thing everyone loves is how fast she can cut blocks. Cut blocks. Maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about. If you have…… Continue reading Fast Work in the Histology Lab