[Histonet] Re: histo techs doing cyto prep work

Robert Richmond rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com
Sat Mar 27 13:18:09 CDT 2010

The Pap stain needs frequent tweaking to keep the quality of staining
optimal. If the cytotechnologists don't do it themselves, they need to
be able to communicate easily with the people who do the
cytopreparation for them, and the people who do the cytopreparation
need to be able to assess the adequacy of the stain (yes, that means
looking down a microscope).

I've worked in at least two labs where this feedback wasn't done. In
one case, it was probably the cause of some successful litigation
against the lab. Good mushroom management, but bad medicine and bad

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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