[Histonet] Staffing for IHC

McMahon, Loralee A Loralee_Mcmahon <@t> URMC.Rochester.edu
Thu Dec 17 12:09:47 CST 2009

I have 2 full time techs (one of those techs is supposed to be devoted to research), one part time tech that cuts controls and one part time tech on the overnight shift to load the machines.   I am supposed to only be at the bench 20% of the time, but it is much more, trying to cover vacations and sick time.  I also help out on the research end and we have lots of it.
There are times when we are extremely overwhelmed with IHC's and ISH/CISH 
We do about 35K IHC a year, not including the research slides. 

Loralee McMahon, HTL (ASCP)
Immunohistochemistry Supervisor
Strong Memorial Hospital
Department of Surgical Pathology
(585) 275-7210
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Angela Bitting [akbitting <@t> geisinger.edu]
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Subject: [Histonet] Staffing  for IHC

I'm hoping some of the larger hospitals out there will share their data with me.
I'm curious as to how labs are staffed for doing IF/IHC/CISH.
A small portion of our staining protocols still require pretreatment by hand, but we run instruments that do the pretreatments on board for the majority of our stains.
We have 2 IHC techs, 1 on 1st shift and 1 on 3rd shift.Together they are cutting and staining between 200-350 slides per day. I think this is a high volume for only two people. What do you all think?

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