Physician Practice

A code to call for your lab co-worker

Medical Environment Update, August 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.

A lab employee felt faint in the middle of her shift and quickly sat down on a lab stool. She asked to be taken to the emergency department, so her co-worker rolled her down the hallway on the stool. In the hallway, the employee slipped off the stool and hit her head on the floor.

A lab processor suddenly felt weak and slid to the floor. She told her co-workers she thought her blood sugar was low and she needed some orange juice. A technologist went to the cafeteria to buy a bottle of juice, and they made the processor stay on the floor in the laboratory while she drank it.

A lab employee fell to the floor after standing up and stated he didn’t feel good. The co-workers in the department were not sure what to do, so they called the manager at home.

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