[Histonet] Frozen section turnaround time

Robyn Vazquez vazquezr <@t> ohsu.edu
Tue Aug 14 13:37:36 CDT 2007

 The TAT, it all depends on several instants.  For instance, how many did they bring at once or one at a time?  One at a time, you could have it embedded, cut and on the stainer in 5 minutes.  The stainer is the long portion of it (10 min or so).  4-5 pieces of tissue, yes 20 minutes minimum.  But then, the ability to get the doctor to come and read it is a whole other issue.  I would say base it on 2 pieces of tissue, which is the norm for the first stage.
Just my two cents

>>> "Rene J Buesa" <rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com> 8/14/2007 9:34 AM >>>

The TAT has to reffer to the FIRST section used for diagnosis; the following sections are additional sections, either levels or margins, and depend on the needs of the pathologist.
  You can argue that one thing is doing the first section and another is arriving to the diagnosis when more than 1 sections are needed. That diagnosis time should the TAT for the diagnosis (for the pathologist), not for the first section (your TAT).
  Probably your manager does not even know what you are talking about.
  René J.

"Scott, Allison D" <Allison_Scott <@t> hchd.tmc.edu> wrote:
  Hello to everyone in histoland. I have a question concerning frozen section turnaround time. When you do your turnaround time report do you do it based on multiple sections or single sections. The bulk of our cases are multiple block frozens. They never meet the 20 min. time limit. The report that I turn in never meets the 100% compliance rate based on my numbers. Would someone be willing to share a report with me. My manager is concerned that we are not being compliant. Thanks in advance.

Allison Scott 
Histology Supervisor
LBJ Hospital

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