[Histonet] Number of blocks

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Thu Oct 25 09:17:50 CDT 2012

Hi Dorothy:
Your manager is wrong and probably influenced by some "productivity consultant" trying to "appear tough" or preparing to justiffy a staff reduction.
The average sectioning productivity obtained in 325 histology laboratories (221 in the US and 114 in 24 foreign countries) is 24 blocks per hour.
Under separate cover I am sending two articles dealing with this issue and that of staffing that you will be able to show to your manager.
René J.

From: Dorothy Ragland-Glass <techmana12 <@t> yahoo.com>
To: Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu 
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:38 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Number of blocks 

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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