My Crystal Ball is Hazy

June 7, 2013

Either the strategic drivers shaping the blood community’s environment are at an all time high of flux, or I am suffering from bilateral uveitis – perhaps it is both. Regardless,…

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What Happened to the “I” ?

May 31, 2013

The acronym for America’s Blood Centers’ “core values,” IDEA, represents Innovation, Data Integration and Benchmarking, Education and Networking, and Advocacy. Although these values are not unique in themselves, they become…

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You Ought to Tell the Donor That

May 24, 2013

A young man donated double red cells at our center about a week before running a marathon; not surprisingly, his performance was awful, and he was angry with us. We…

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Advocacy Works – Sometimes More Quickly than Other Times

May 17, 2013

One year ago, an ABC member blood center applied for a variance from Food and Drug Administration labeling regulations requiring results on red blood cell (RBC) labels to be from…

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Building a Strong Foundation

May 10, 2013

Since we realigned and streamlined our core values, we came to the realization that not all values are   created equal. Some values depend on others to thrive and accomplish their…

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On Being Obsessively Data Driven

May 3, 2013

When I wrote my first “Our Space” column several weeks ago, I shared a draft with my confidant and former   medical director, Dr. Louis Katz. His feedback was predictably direct:…

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"Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much" —Helen Keller

April 26, 2013

When I sat at my desk to write this, my first article for Our Space, I wondered where I should start. Unfortunately, the tragic events of the last couple of…

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Helping the Helpers

April 19, 2013

As with so many, my heart is broken over the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Although I cannot fathom the trauma suffered by the victims, families, and witnesses affected, the…

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“Generals are Always Prepared to Fight the Last War”

April 12, 2013

I was a bit surprised to open Streetlights and Shadows: Searching for the Keys to Adaptive Decision Making, a   book by Gary Klein, and find a well-thought-out discussion of a…

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Of Root Canals, Traffic Jams, and Brussels Sprouts

April 5, 2013

A recent survey found that Congress is less popular than root canals, traffic jams, and Brussels sprouts.   Between partisan wrangling, brinksmanship, and the challenge of coming to agreement, it’s no…

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