[Histonet] IHC control material

Oneil, Beth Ann oneilb <@t> wvuhealthcare.com
Thu Aug 18 12:42:53 CDT 2011

   We would like to re-organize our system for maintaining blocks and slides for our IHC section.  Currently, we have a cache of blocks, each labelled with the different antibody it is used for, and filed in a drawer.  When we begin to run low on tissue, we have to scurry around and find a good specimen to use and lately it's been a patient block that we'll have to cut into. We don't like doing that because what if our docs order additional testing.   
  With our control slides, we'll cut around 10 at a time (50 if tonsil) and label with the antibody name and Julian date so that we know how old the slide is.  This seems to work pretty well.  
  I guess my question is, how do others organize their control tissues for IHC.
Beth Ann O'Neil, MT(ASCP)SC, HTL, QIHC
Histology Supervisor
West Virginia University Hospitals

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