Category Archives: Leadership / Management

Journal articles relating to leadership and management

Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal

Table of Contents |  Volume 5, Issue 3-4, December 2014

Benchmarking Forensic Performance in Australia–Volume Crime

 

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New CLSI document – Planning for Laboratory Operations During a Disaster

GP36-A Planning for Laboratory Operations During a Disaster; Approved Guideline (December 2014)

This document provides guidance for laboratory and health care leadership for development, implementation, and sustainment of effective emergency preparedness plans (all hazards) supporting nonanalytical components of clinical and public health laboratory services that may pertain to various natural and manmade disasters.

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Public Health Research and Practice – Volume 25, Issue 1Nov 2014

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Putting the genie back in the bottle: protecting children from lead exposure in the 21st century. A report from the field

What are the key organisational capabilities that facilitate research use in public health policy?

Ebola virus disease, transmission risk to laboratory personnel, and pretransfusion testing [Commentary]

Transfusion Online 18 November 2014;  DOI: 10.1111/trf.12913

As Ebola virus has infected thousands of individuals in West Africa, there is growing concern about the appropriate response of hospitals in developed nations caring for patients and handling laboratory specimens for patients suspected of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Guidelines for caring for EVD patients are proliferating rapidly from national and state public health authorities, professional societies, and individual hospitals. It is no surprise that they differ from one another, and some very conservative recommendations call for suspension of routine laboratory testing, including pretransfusion testing. EVD is transmitted by direct contact with blood, secretions, organs, and other body fluids and not by airborne routes. Based on experimental and observational data, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that clinicians follow contact and droplet precautions. Laboratory personnel are required to follow the blood-borne pathogen standard, especially the use of appropriate barriers consisting of gloves, gown, goggles, mask to cover nose and mouth, and plexiglass shield, where splashes of potentially infectious materials may be generated. Their recommendations are permissive of clinically appropriate laboratory testing, including pretransfusion testing, using barrier isolation precautions. Most individuals with suspected EVD will have a fever of another etiology, such as Plasmodium falciparum malaria. We believe that forgoing all routine pretransfusion laboratory testing may result in a greater increase in poor clinical outcomes than any diminution in the risks to laboratory personnel will justify. It is imperative for all laboratory directors, working with institutional infection control and safety personnel, to evaluate their hospital policies for potentially infectious patients and provide a safe environment for their patients and employees.

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The Ebola Epidemic [Special Collection of News and Research Articles]

Science – Online Extra – The Ebola Epidemic

Given the current outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made this collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.

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Workplace bullying: an emergent issue.

Oral Health Dent Manag. 2014 Sep;13(3):835-41.

All companies, including dentists, rely on their staff to represent their firms in the most positive and effective manner. Today’s managers face a multitude of issues, and as such, they must walk a fine line of fostering a productive, harmonious and safe working environment for their employees. Over the last several decades it is apparent that on the- job sexual harassment is no longer the leading issue of employee complaints. Rather, the organization issue which was investigated is workplace bullying, also commonly referred to as employee harassment. Risk management is no longer limited to avoiding malpractice issues but also preventing litigation created by poor organizational behavior. The primary purpose of this paper is to explore the background of workplace bullying and how it affects today’s managers and their employees, customers and suppliers. In other words, the scope of this paper will feature research on past studies, results and conclusions. Since workplace bullying affects all levels of a corporation, it must be stated that the concern and focus of this paper is for today’s manager to understand the background and history of workplace bullying, and what they can do to foster a safe working environment and prevent the bully from creating mental and physical harm to their employees. This paper details the history of workplace bullying and how management, employees and suppliers deal with and address the issue. Lastly, this treatise looks at risk management from a manger/dentist’s perspective, the assessment/conclusion summarizes the implications for managers regarding how they must handle the issue or risk harm to the employee and/or serious legal ramifications.

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Push for Royal Commission into forensic procedures

Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences Vol. 46, Issue 4, 2014 James Robertson pp. 365-367

The Canberra Times  reports that Dr Bob Moles, Coordinator, Networked Knowledge, has told them that ‘A Royal Commission should be held into the forensic procedures that have been operating in Australia for the past 20 years in light of the inquiry findings into the murder conviction of David Harold Eastman’.
Dr Moles likened errors in the Eastman case to the Splatt and Chamberlain cases from the 1980s and is quoted as saying ‘Forensic evidence experts told the royal commission that every piece of evidence was flawed.’ It is not entirely clear if Dr Moles was referring in this statement to the Splatt and/or the Chamberlain case. As I was one of the ‘forensic evidence experts’ who assisted the Royal Commission into the conviction of Splatt, his statement is unhelpful and a gross oversimplification.
Notwithstanding, and regrettably, the Report to the Board of Inquiry into the conviction of David Harold Eastman for the murder of Colin Stanley Winchester does not make pleasant reading from a forensic viewpoint.