Technology in the Lab

When I first stepped into the laboratory, it was with combat boots on and I was already tired from an early morning run.  Physical Education (or PT) is big in the military, and it seems to have been that way since Roman times (Sieden, n.d.)  However, it didn’t seem to help me much in learning about the lab, specifically because many times there wasn’t enough time to study the material because of all the exercise.

Fortunately, the internet has been there for those of us who struggled to furnish answers for physicians without the proper training.  Whereas in older times soldiers would rely on outdated books to understand lab theory in the field, now I can look up stuff on my phone, tablet, or desktop at the push of the button.  With almost all computer networks having access to the internet, it is in many ways faster to just google the information.

However, using a search network is just one way of finding a solution to the problems we face on a daily basis.  Another tool is using company websites to find out information about a product.  Just the other day, we were trying to see when a product expired after it was opened.  After seeing there was no packet insert, I just went to the company’s website to find out (Beckman, 2014).  Not only that, but I can also call their 24 hour customer service hotline if I am unable to find it on the web.  It makes me wonder what people did to fix things before all this technology.

Although I do admit to google being my favorite solution finder, many times I have to go to other scientists to answer my questions.  Just the other day, there was some confusion as to how to calculate the 24 hour urine results.  I assumed that Sodium was calculated the same way that Creatinine was.  However, one of my co-workers was able to show me why they were different because she had earned a degree in Chemistry.  Even after all these years, she retained a competitive edge simply because of her major in college.

I guess the simplest way of gaining new knowledge would be keeping the ability of having on open mind.  I think urban legends have a tendency to be popular because people don’t want to go through the actions of checking for change periodically.  For instance, our pregnancy tests switched their time for testing, and yet people still have not updated our written SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) because the section head may not have bothered to read the new instructions.  I guess that goes along with our reading in that people prevent change by only trying to do the minimum (Downes, 2014).

In conclusion, I would say that the mind map posted below supports the basic tenets of connectivism because there is no one solution when it comes to medical work.  Everything we do in the hospital is based on a team concept of seeing the medical field as a higher calling (Vanskike, 2014) to heal the sick, and that means being connected to each other and the resources available to do just that.  Otherwise, we risk hurting the patient.

References:

Sieden.  (n.d.).  The Heritage of Physical Education, Sport, and Fitness in the United States.  Mheducation.  Retrieved from highered.mheducation.com/sites/dl/free/…/Siedentop7e_ch02.pdf.

Beckman Coulter.  (2014).  Technical Documents and Support Downloads.  Bechman Coulter Inc.  Retrieved from https://www.beckmancoulter.com/wsrportal/page/techdocSearch.

Downes, S.  (2014).  Connectivism Blog.  Stephen’s Web.  Retrieved from http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?journal=3174.

Vanskike, K.  (2014).  A Higher Calling.  Providence.  Retrieved from http://washington.providence.org/health-resources/newsletters/heartbeat/featured-stories/a-higher-calling/.

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