[Histonet] Florida Law Question - again

Jerry Santiago jsantiago <@t> bellsouth.net
Wed Mar 30 14:38:40 CDT 2011

Hi Michelle,

This issue has been discussed at the clinical board meeting and it has been said 
that moving a carousel from one beaker to another is considered part of the 
specimen processing steps, making it part of a licensed task. The histology 
scope of practice includes as a licensed task specimen processing, see Rule 
64B3-10.005 (11). This is the same issue with loading and unloading IHC 

The purpose of the specialty of histology is to process cellular and tissue 
components through methods of fixation, dehydration, embedding, microtomy, 
frozen sectioning, staining, and other related procedures and techniques 
employed in the preparation of smears, slides, and tissues. This specialty also 
encompasses methods for antigen detection and other molecular hybridization 
testing methods where the purpose is analysis and/or quantification of cellular 
and tissue components for interpretation by a qualified physician. Technicians 
licensed in histology are limited to the performance of specimen processing, 
embedding, cutting, routine and special histologic staining, frozen sectioning 
and mounting of preparations under the general supervision of a director, 
supervisor, or technologist.
Hope this helps!
Jerry Santiago, MSEd, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
Florida State College Jacksonville
Assistant Professor/HT Program Director
4501 Capper Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Tel: 904-766-6528
Fax: 904-766-5573
e-mail:jsantiag <@t> fscj.edu

From: "histotech <@t> imagesbyhopper.com" <histotech <@t> imagesbyhopper.com>
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Sent: Wed, March 30, 2011 2:39:48 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Florida Law Question - again

Hi Histonetters!

I posted this the other day, but I guess it nested itself in the April Fools
email.  So, I thought I would post it again under its own heading!

Can anyone tell me (maybe even provide a reg) as to whether or not a lab
aide can run the Histos 5 microwave tissue processor?  It's semi-automatic,
which involves the person (lab aide, tech etc) moving a carousel of
cassettes from one beaker to another.

Does anyone know if this is considered to be waived, moderate or high
complexity testing?

Any help is greatly appreciated!


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