[Histonet] Number of blocks

Dorothy Ragland-Glass techmana12 <@t> yahoo.com
Thu Oct 25 09:10:20 CDT 2012

No. My main duty is Ihc, but I heard the other techs, mostly the ones new to histology and some older techs who informed them on how obsurd and impossible that task would be for them to try to live up to that standard. The newbees thought that was what the speed of a histotech should be. They were told it did not matter what the tissue was accordding to CAP. Us older techs know different. But we need written documentation to show the young turks who are being bullied.  Is there something to written to give them a leg to stand up.

"Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/OID/NCEZID)" <jqb7 <@t> cdc.gov> wrote:

>Absolutely!  40-50 bone marrows is completely different from 40-50 fallopian tubes.  Are you just cutting one section per block?
>Jeanine H. Bartlett
>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
>Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch
>jeanine.bartlett <@t> cdc.hhs.gov
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>As a histo lab supervisor I would never ask nor demand that my techs do something that I cannot do myself. I would have to say that that number sounds a little high to me, but it would depend on the type of specimens being cut.
>Just my thought, Mike
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>It was annouced by a histo lab manager that techs are expected to cut
>40-50 blocks per hour. That seems to me to be rather high. I don't see quality slides being turned out. It is quantity and profit above patient care. I am old school, and I remember something about quality and patient first. Besides  what kind of impact on morality of the techs, back problems and carpal tunnel syndrom is laying ahead for the cutter after cranking the microtome repeatedly that many blocks without a break.
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