Perspectives Archives - Insights

Mike Baisch, Systems Engineer at Mayo Clinic, discusses how to apply the staffing-to-workload methodology to a series of case studies. This post highlights a “basic” staffing model.

By Mike Baisch • April 27, 2017

Weather always seems to be at the forefront of people’s minds and discussions—especially in Minnesota. We are always commenting on needing more rain, that it’s too cold, or that a blizzard is on its way. Weather, however, is no trivial matter when it comes to safety. Pat Hlavka, CSP, Safety Coordinator in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, discusses how a laboratory can be safe and prepared during severe weather.

By Pat Hlavka • April 20, 2017

Ali Addesso, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science program, highlights her experience in Mayo Clinic’s Phlebotomy Laboratory during MLS clinical rotations.

By Ali Addesso • April 19, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from a middle-aged man from West Africa who presented with a chief complaint of worms in his stool. Four tan-white objects were received in saline, and an egg was expressed from one of them. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • April 19, 2017

On-demand continuing medical education is growing in popularity among medical professionals as they need a required number of hours to maintain their professional licensures. Janet Bergquist, Education Specialist at Mayo Medical Laboratories, discusses the benefits of on-demand education.

By Janice Bergquist • April 13, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case presents an object that was passed in the stool of a teenage boy with recurrent fevers and constipation. His only travel outside of North America was Portugal and Hawaii. Treatment with an antihelminth was ineffective at alleviating his symptoms, and follow-up stool exams were negative. What is the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • April 12, 2017

Justin Kreuter, M.D., reflects on the “ignorance” of laboratory medicine among clinical colleagues.

By Justin Kreuter, M.D. • April 6, 2017

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from a young boy who had been unsuccessfully treated for pinworm infection. An apparent worm was submitted to the laboratory on a pinworm paddle (Swube®). Can you guess the parasite?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • April 5, 2017

Mike Baisch, Systems Engineer at Mayo Clinic, discusses the mechanics of performing a staffing-to-workload analysis in the testing laboratories. There are three primary areas of focus with staffing needs: direct effort, indirect effort, and operational needs. This post focuses on operational needs.

By Mike Baisch • March 30, 2017

To celebrate Dr. Bobbi Pritt’s 10-year anniversary of her blog, “Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites,” readers submitted their artistic parasite creations. View this post to see the submissions and winners.

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • March 29, 2017

Alex Harker, a student in Mayo Clinic’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) class of 2017, discusses his MLS clinical rotation in the Hematology Laboratory.

By Alex Harker • March 29, 2017

Andy Cousin, FACHE, Director of Product Management and Marketing for Mayo Medical Laboratories, is attending this year’s ACHE Congress on Health Care Leadership conference in Chicago. He will be sharing his thoughts and photos from the conference. Follow along his live blog.

By Andy Cousin • March 27, 2017

We sat down with Jane Hermansen, Network and Outreach Development Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota, and President-elect of Clinical Laboratory Management Association, to discuss the upcoming KnowledgeLab 2017, held March 26–29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

By Jane Hermansen, MBA, MT(ASCP) • March 24, 2017