OK, a new early “low” of sorts. Currently visiting a hospital, patient blood draws start at 3 AM. Even with having to be there that early to observe the process, I still love working in healthcare. Good night!
All for the convenience of the doctors and their schedules….. this creates an inordinate and costly demand spike on the laboratory, having all of that blood come in so early in the morning. Lack of level loading, to say the least.
I'm reminded of the Toyota quote, “Heijunka: You won't be HAPPY Without It.” This is a tough one to crack in healthcare. Some aspects of “demand” (specimens arriving at the lab), you can control (courier routes from community health centers, etc.), but not the doctors.
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