[Histonet] Pathologist's Assistant Assistant?

Carole Fields cgfields <@t> lexhealth.org
Thu Dec 4 08:13:11 CST 2003

Hi Wanda,
We have support techs that assist w/gross, make cassettes, close cassettes,
put the cassettes in the formalin bath under the correct doctor, keep up
with the grossing log, pickup specimens, accession, and in general keep
things moving.  I guess it depends on what their responsibilities are if you
need them or not.  We have two or three PA's grossing at a time and
sometimes a Pathologist.  We very much need our support techs.  
Carole Fields
W.Columbia, SC

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Smith Wanda [SMTP:Wanda.Smith <@t> HCAhealthcare.com]
> Sent:	Thursday, December 04, 2003 8:51 AM
> To:	'histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
> Subject:	[Histonet] Pathologist's Assistant Assistant?
> Dear Histonetters,
> I do not want to open a HUGE can of worms regarding PA's, but I have a
> question that I need some input on...
> At facilities that use PA's, is there an Assistant to the Assistant at the
> grossing table???  In other words, Is there a Lab Assistant or Histotech
> always available when the PA is cutting?
> The reason I ask is, we are staffed very thinly, and late in the
> afternoon,
> things get busy with the phones, accessioning specimens, late frozen
> sections, etc, etc and I could use the Lab assistant to do other things
> rather than stand w/ the PA and change blades...
> Input on this is appreciated and let me say, I do not want to open the
> "Let's bash the PA's" can of worms!!!
> Thanks,
> Wanda
> > Wanda G. Smith,  HTL/HT(ASCP)
> > Pathology Supervisor
> > Trident Medical Center Laboratory Services
> > *9330 Medical Plaza Drive, Charleston, SC 29406
> > *843-797-4586 *fax 843-797-4296
> > *wanda.smith <@t> hcahealthcare.com
> > 
> > 
> > 
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