When to Stay Out of Outreach: 3 Signs That Your Lab May Not Be Ready Yet
Is your lab really ready for outreach? The truth is, laboratorians never feel fully prepared. Embarking on a program means accepting a certain level of risk, being flexible enough to learn as you go, and skillfully adjusting your game plan as circumstances warrant.
But in some cases, challenges within the lab dictate a more prudent course. It may be better to stay out of outreach for the moment and work to overcome those challenges before putting a program in place.
To help you determine if your lab is ready, our lab leaders have highlighted three of the top warning signs that outreach may not be the right course yet. Assess your lab’s current situation against this quick, creative visualization.
If you see any of these warning signs, look to the LabLeaders resources we recommend at the end of this article to help you begin addressing them.
- Before embarking on an outreach program, make sure your lab is properly prepared for success
- Pay attention to three key areas—if you see warning signs in any of them, it may be best to defer outreach for the time being
- Take action to correct issues as quickly as you can because outreach remains imperative to your lab’s success
Contributing Lab Leaders
Director, Laboratory Services
Senior Vice President
President and CEO
John David Nolan, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Director and G.M. for Laboratory Medicine
Leo Serrano, FACHE, DLM (ASCP)
Clinical and Operational Consultant
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