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Melainie Duckworth

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Medical Laboratory Scientist and Writer

About Me

Working in the medical profession has taught me how to compose my words in order to effectively communicate complex information for the general public. As a Medical Laboratory Scientist, I was responsible for preparing medical presentations for professionals and patients. Along with my professional work, I also contributed to a parenting blog and developed my own personal writing style through that avenue. I have honed my writing skills over several years of experience. I enjoy writing and will strive to provide the very best for my clients.

Industries I Write About

Medical Practice

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

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Hospital & Health Care

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Medical Device

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My Writing Samples

Commentary from a Pregnant Medical Laboratory Scientist

At the moment in the medical laboratory profession, there is an increasing workforce shortage that has brought a little more attention to the needs of medical laboratory workers. The common theme is better support of the family unit, but as a pregnant Medical Laboratory Scientist, I noticed issues that are not commonly addressed.

http://blog.melainieduckworth.com/2017/08/commentary-medical-laboratory/

Reality Check: Alabama Ain't so Sweet

Opinion piece for local news article concerning negative attitudes in the state.

http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/08/reality_check_alabama_aint_so.html

Underlying Danger of a Medical Laboratory Shortage

Healthcare fields are all feeling the crunch of being overworked and understaffed. Most people just don’t realize the importance of us lab rats behind the scenes analyzing all of their lab tests.

http://blog.melainieduckworth.com/2017/11/medical-laboratory-shortage/

Experience

Medical Technologist

Provides information for patient diagnosis and treatment by performing laboratory tests in toxicology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology laboratories; receiving, typing, testing, and recording blood bank inventories and specimens. Performs troubleshooting, maintenance, quality control, and training in each area of the medical laboratory.

Company: Maniilaq Association

I worked there from 4/2012 until now

Research Assistant

I gathered subsistence harvest data and performed research surveys for the state of Alaska.

Company: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

I worked there from 4/2015 until 6/2015

Freelance Writer and Blogger

I created and managed a successful parenting blog for several years that involved product reviews and personal stories. I have also ghostwritten many articles on a variety of topics. My expertise and passion lie within the healthcare field. I have created public health presentations and medical laboratory awareness pamphlets. I am also involved with communicating laboratory medicine to other healthcare professionals.

Company: Self Employed

I worked there from 10/2010 until now

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Patient Empowerment in the Lab

Advances in medical technology have opened new avenues for patient empowerment. The availability of genetic testing and advanced lab tests can be appealing if handled correctly. This blog post will discuss the need for transparency in lab testing costs and patient access to lab data. As a Medical Laboratory Scientist, I saw both the provider and patient points-of-view.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: patient empowerment,medical testing,healthcare,healthcare cost of care,healthcare technology

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Quality Care Begins with User Friendly Information Technology

One of the most common medical errors that occur in the clinical setting involves inaccurate documentation in the medical record. Last year Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published a report indicating medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. A key finding in this report is the importance of accurate documentation and reliable patient information to improve care. This point has been documented by the federal government’s Health IT department as well.

Content type: Article

Keywords: Clinical experience,HIT,usability,care management

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Adopting a Sick Puppy

After searching for the perfect addition to our little family, we found the sweetest German Shepherd puppy. This blog post will be about our experience after we adopted him and found him to be very ill. Some people suggested that we give up on the puppy or return him to the parents. We loved him and nursed him back to health. Although the doctors are not sure exactly what was wrong, several visits later, he began to recover. Now, he is an energetic and loving member of the family.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: pet care,health,puppies

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The Best Tool for Lowering Your A1C Level

Medical professionals understand the importance of a glucose meter for controlling type 2 diabetes, but that relationship is not always clear to patients. I want to describe the role of a diabetic's glucose meter to lowering their A1C level. I find an easy analogy is to think of lowering your monthly electricity bill by using an electricity monitor. This blog will be conversational and educational for patients.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: health,medical,healthcare,lab,clinical

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5 Tips to Prevent Healthcare Worker Burnout

The most important members of society are healthcare workers. These dedicated professionals seek to care for others to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, they are the people often neglected or overworked. Some ways to prevent burnout include: keeping an open line of communication, adequately staffing the workforce, providing user-friendly technology, showing appreciation and support, and being flexible.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: healthcare,home health,medical,hospital,employee retention,medical technology

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Are Those Instruments Sterile?

Adequate sterilization of dental equipment is necessary for patient safety. This blog post will give an overview of dental equipment sterilization for patients. They will understand the basic principles of sterilization and how to know whether their dentist is using sterile instruments.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: dentist,dental,healthcare,medical,medical device,microbiology,laboratory,health

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How Gut Microbes Keep You Healthy

Why is a healthy digestive system so important? Prebiotics and probiotics are trendy right now, and there is substantial scientific evidence to support this trend. Like any other nutritional advice, you need to be aware of the pros and cons. This blog post will break down some key points to provide a general understanding of gut microbes.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: health,microbiology,healthcare,wellness,microbes,medicine

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Pros and Cons of Being a Franchise Owner-Operator

Owning a franchise and managing it are two different roles, but you can merge them together successfully. When you are an owner-operator, you must play both roles. For small franchises, this may be an ideal arrangement. This blog post will give an overview of the owner-operator role in a franchise business. There are several points to consider before choosing this business model.

Content type: Blog Post

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Pros and Cons of a Flipped Classroom

Blended learning has taken high school education in many new directions. One idea that has evolved from this revolution is the flipped classroom. You provide students with recorded lectures for homework and guide typical homework assignments during class time. Students learn at their own pace and receive valuable one-on-one guidance from you during class time. This model could be a problem for students who may not have access to a computer or internet connection.

Content type: Blog Post

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How the GDPR is Changing Market Research

The GDPR takes effect in May and marketing companies need to be prepared. If you target individuals within the EU, then you must comply with the regulations. This blog post will give an overview of the GDPR and how it will impact marketing research strategies.

Content type: Blog Post

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6 Ways Gardens Improve Your Health

Other than the obvious benefit of physical activity, cultivating a garden can boost your health in unique ways. Researchers have gathered evidence that gardening reduces depression, anxiety, and BMI. Gardening improves quality of life by boosting your mood and psychological well-being. The fresh air and sunshine decreases cortisol and increases bone density. This blog post will outline and describe the points mentioned with sources.

Content type: Blog Post

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Issues with Digital Health in Clinical Trials

Have you embraced the digital health wave sweeping through clinical trial research? The use of wearable devices and digital health monitoring for clinical trial research has been a game changer. Recent interviews with clinical trial researchers may change this new trend. Using digital health technology may result in less thorough research and erroneous results. Despite this possibility, the future of digital health tech in clinical trials looks promising.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: healthcare,clinical trials,research,digital health,medical technology

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Top 5 Most Requested Spa Treatments

Are you offering the most desirable spa treatments to your customers? The current trends in spa treatment lean toward eco-friendly ways of relaxation and body contouring. This blog post will highlight the latest trends in salon and spa treatments like massage, hyperpigmentation treatments, body contouring, flotation therapy, and spa parties.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: medspa,health,wellness,spa

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5 Simple Steps to Improve Lab Safety

According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, researchers should perform a safety checklist every year. Despite this prudent advice, many researchers devote little time and effort to safety. I understand the need to rush through safety checklists so I can move on to more important issues in the lab. In this post, I will outline ways to streamline safety measures into your everyday work and explain why you need them.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: laboratory,research,EHS,lab safety

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Impact of Changing FDA Clinical Trial Criteria

The FDA recently announced plans to expand clinical trial availability for a wider range of participants. The proposed inclusion and exclusion criteria would allow for necessary restrictions in early phase clinical trials and expanded eligibility for later clinical studies. This blog post will highlight these propositions and how they may impact researchers.

Content type: Blog Post

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Why Do We Love Small Businesses?

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community. Local businesses give our community a unique identity. Our community becomes stronger when we support each other. You can increase jobs and revenue by shopping locally. Support your neighbor and spread the love for small businesses.

Content type: Blog Post

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3 Ways Telemedicine is Changing Disaster Relief

With the horror stories of Puerto Rica beginning to recede, it is important to remember the need for improved healthcare delivery during disasters. Telemedicine has quietly improved some of the issues facing people after a natural disaster. This post will outline three ways that telemedicine can be used to benefit disaster relief.

Content type: Blog Post

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Strategies to Improve Medicaid Fee-For-Service Reimbursements

A recent Health Affairs report cited a Medicaid FFS denial rate that is 17.8% higher than Medicare FFS. Healthcare billing already consumes a large portion of medical resources without the additional struggle of denied reimbursements. This whitepaper will outline the Medicaid payment process and give solutions to correct common Medicaid FFS billing rejections. I will include graphs and detailed statistics to support these claims.

Content type: Whitepaper

Keywords: medicaid,healthcare,medical,billing,health insurance

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Supply Management: An Untapped Resource for Labs

You’ve probably heard the phrase time is money. If you’re spending that time doing tedious inventory checks and supply management, then you are wasting precious funding. Rather than meticulously counting inventory, wouldn’t your time be better spent analyzing or gathering data? Supply chain management is one of the biggest untapped resources for a laboratory. Many times, you may catch errors too late. For instance, you are in the middle of an experiment and run out of a specific reagent.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: laboratory,research,supply chain management

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5 Impressive Trends in AI for Healthcare

The healthcare sector has been slow to embrace the artificial intelligence revolution.Recent breakthroughs in machine learning and artificial intelligence have made healthcare applications more appealing. AI can assist radiologists with visual interpretations of patient scans. Machine learning can be applied to analyze extensive amounts of patient data for improved care. AI tools can provide telemedicine opportunities to developing nations. The future of medicine coincides with AI.

Content type: Blog Post

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How Telemedicine is Revolutionizing Elder Care

Many homebound seniors struggle to receive timely healthcare and often depend on expensive nursing services. New developments in telemedicine or telehealth are improving elder care. When you're the caregiver for your elderly loved ones, every small step can provide immense relief. Something as simple as a medical app on your smartphone may improve the quality of life for you and your elderly loved one. This post will outline ways that telemedicine can improve elder care.

Content type: Blog Post

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Dramatic Marketing Trends for Aerial Adventure Industry

Aerial adventures have become an important destination feature for singles, families, and even businesses. The Outdoor Recreation Economy report compiled by the Outdoor Industry Association provides compelling statistics for stepping into the outdoor adventure market. Adventure Park Insider has found aerial adventure courses to be the fastest growing pay-to-play activity last year. This article will highlight marketing statistics and how they will impact your clients' industry.

Content type: Article

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