A Number is a thing OF AWE

1. A Number is a thing OF AWE. - Every Number is ONE

Zoe Brooks (with Tennyson)
1. A Number is a thing OF AWE. - Every Number is ONE
by Zoe Brooks - Sunday, 19 August 2018, 6:53 PM

A Number is s thing OF AWE

This simple ‘touchstone of truth’ about numbers revolutionized how I was able to get students in the Clinical Laboratory Data Analysis course to understand the meaning and interrelationships of the numbers that drive and represent patient risk. 

Try this:  Select a QC chart and ask a selection of staff or colleagues to tell you the What, Why, Where, When Who and How of the values on the chart and QC rules applied.

1. Every number is "one" .... one single piece of information.

Every number:

  • conveys one unique piece of information (What it is)
  • comes from one specific place (e.g. 1 instrument within 1 laboratory) (Where it was created)
  • at a specific time or over a defined time period (When)
  • by an identifiable person or persons (Who)
  • following a test procedure (How)


Laboratory professionals are currently taught differing theories of the meaning of fundamental concepts.  They look at the same number and words, but reach vastly different conclusions and take different action. Let's face that truth - and change it!

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Aug. 15, 2018   Zoe Brooks

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