I realized a few minutes ago when I took a break from all of the required writing I currently have to do, that it had been several days since I posted. So I’ve decided to give you a description of what I typically do any given day: Arrive at the medical center between 6:30am-7:00am. It […]
Read more "A Day in the Life of a DCLS"
I am trying to keep my head above water in all of the work required, so I apologize for not being able to post as often as we would all like. As those of us in teaching facilities know, July 1st brought in a new wave of babies … aka freshly born MD residents. With […]
Read more "Wrath of the Younglings"
While I have been feverishly writing what seems to be the miniature book called a doctorate thesis research proposal, I came across some curious statistics in the literature that I thought my readership would be interested in. From a study reviewing malpractice claims: “The most common breakdowns in the diagnostic process were failure to order […]
Read more "Why We Must"
I must apologize to my readership for not posting as often as I was the first few weeks; let me just say that the amount of writing that is involved in obtaining a doctorate is … well … immense. I just realized after spending 14 hours today immersed in fine tuning my thesis research proposal, […]
Read more "An Emergency Consultation Request"
Through this blog I have shared a few experiences of mine in reaching outside of the laboratory to work with the physicians and other healthcare professional to improve patient safety and patient care. Yes, to do consultation at the level that I have described, and will continue to describe this blog, advanced education beyond the […]
Read more "Empowering A Profession"
I first want to thank everyone who voted in the poll in my last blog post. There has been a total of 266 votes thus far, and since I love statistics and analytics like every other scientist, here are the current totals: Question: What do you think about the DCLS? 48.65% I love […]
Read more "Take Me Out to the BAL Game!"
This post I wanted to take a poll. This poll – the first in the blog so I hope there are not any technical glitches – is about your current thoughts on the DCLS. I imagine that if you have gotten this far in following my blog, then you’ve read the posts up until now. […]
Read more "Wanna answer a question for me?"
So today was a definite win! Whenever I’ve been asked for my assistance on a case by a physician who has never asked before I always call it a win. [Insert happy dance!] This request came from a very respected Infectious Disease physician who currently has two possible cases of tuberculosis uveitis (translation for the […]
Read more "To TB or Not to TB – That is the Question"
OK, so I’ve had quite a few messages from some of you regarding one of my recent posts where I said that it was the fault of the medical laboratory that the physicians are asking the laboratory questions to the pharmacists. So much that I felt I needed to explain this position a bit more. […]
Read more "Let me explain – I’m not that crazy"
One of the responsibilities of a DCLS is patient education. We educate patients about why their doctor has ordered certain laboratory tests, why there is a certain timing or preparation that is needed for some tests, why they should be compliant with their laboratory testing, and what their tests results mean. Not every patient is […]
Read more "Patient Education: The Good, The Bad, The Abusive"