Physician Practice

From Ant-Men to Giant-Men

Medical Environment Update, May 1, 2021

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Editor’s note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for multihospital system Sentara Healthcare in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

In January 1962, Tales to Astonish #27 featured a scientist, Henry Pym, who had created a special chemical. This chemical, when put in contact with an object, would shrink it. When the scientist tried the concoction on himself, he shrunk to the size of an ant! In time this scientist became the Astonishing Ant-Man, a superhero and a founding member of the team known as the Avengers. He worked on his chemicals and eventually gained the ability to grow very large, and became known as Giant-Man. It’s quite a transition from ant to giant, and Pym was able to do much in both roles. That can happen in the healthcare workplace as well when considering safety. If the correct formula is used, one can transition from playing a tiny role in safety to becoming a giant.

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