[Histonet] Lab Assistants Embedding

Feher, Stephen sfeher <@t> CMC-NH.ORG
Mon Jan 24 13:53:14 CST 2011

I attended a seminar recently that was given by an Pathologist who was
an experienced "expert witness".  The substance of the seminar addressed
the top items that would be looked at when a pathology lab is involved
in a lawsuit.  One item that was specifically mentioned was that tissue
orientation within the block is often examined as a potential reason for
false negative surgical cases.  The statistics mentioned were all for
derm specimens  and how when the block was sectioned through, it was
reasoned that tissue orientation within the block was at fault.  

So, the sound advice given by all of you to document and train properly
is vital.


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Subject: [Histonet] Lab Assistants Embedding

Hello Ever-helpful Histofriends,
  I want to train my lab assistants to embed simple tissues like breast
resection specimens, placentas, etc.
My manager feels that this will break some kind of regulations and won't
sit well with our doctoral staff.
I feel pretty confident that other Labs are doing this and I'm ready to
take up the torch, but I need some data from other hospitals.
Are any of you utilizing your non-HT staff to do these tasks and what
hoops did you have to jump through to get approval from the Doctoral
staff? In addition, how does CAP look at this?
Thanks for your help, as always,
Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP), QIHC
Technical Specialist, Histology
Geisinger Medical Center
100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
Danville, PA 17822
phone  570-214-9634
fax  570-271-5916 
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