[Histonet] maximum block cutting

WILLIAM DESALVO wdesalvo.cac <@t> hotmail.com
Wed Dec 9 22:27:13 CST 2009

There are no "industry" or "regulatory" standards that dictate a production maximum for blocks cut or slides produced hourly or daily. It is impossible to compare labs and set productivity standards becauseof the lack of standardized processes and protocols in Histology. I suggest that techs participating in a critical task, such as microtomy, for more than two hours consecutively, cannot consistently perform that task at an optimal productivity rate and error free. We should concenttrate our efforts on standardization of process and error reduction before considering setting production limits.   

William DeSalvo, B.S., HTL(ASCP)

> Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 14:07:37 -0800
> From: histology <@t> medsurgpath.com
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: [Histonet] maximum block cutting 
> Hi Histonet,
> I know we have discussed the average blocks histotechs cut per hour, but
> does anyone know if there is a maximum blocks that can be cut per hour? Or
> per day? We have regulations for cytotechs who are reading slides for
> maximum slides they can read per hour and are wondering if there is any
> similar regulation for histotechs.
> Thank you all for you help,
> Katelin
> Katelin Lester, HTL (ASCP)
> MedSurg Pathology Associates, Inc.
> (503) 443-2157
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