[Histonet] RE: CAP standard GEN 61300

Katelin Lester katelin09htl <@t> gmail.com
Mon May 6 10:12:01 CDT 2013

We are also going through humidity issues post inspection. Our values are
based on the specifications in the equipment manuals and are 30%-80%. We
use a digital reader. We have been dipping below that and are working to
get the humidity up. We have brought in a small humidifier but it is not
keeping up on very dry days.
It is in our policy to report out of range values to our supervisor and she
is now looking in to a more permanent solution.
We would also appreciate any comments on how other labs have increased
their humidity.

Katelin Lester, HTL
On May 6, 2013 7:47 AM, "Tom McNemar" <TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org> wrote:

> I am very interested in this as well.  We have an ongoing issue with
> humidity/static.  I have been unable to find anything that lists a
> recommended humidity level for histology.  New construction building codes
> for labs list 30% - 80% and the equipment manufacturers list 30% - 80% for
> their recommended operating environment.
> Based on two different digital readers, our humidity is sometimes in the
> 20% range (mostly in winter but not always).  A hand operated device reads
> about 40% higher than the digitals so I don't quite know what to make of it.
> Anyway, I will appreciated any input.
> Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
> Histology Co-ordinator
> Licking Memorial Health Systems
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> Subject: [Histonet] CAP standard GEN 61300
> Fellow Histonetters,
> I am looking for advice concerning CAP standard GEN 61300 Climate Control.
> To those that take humidity records in your lab, what exact % range do you
> use for a normal range?
> And what do you do if and when you are out of this range?
> Thank you for sharing your workflow info with me.
> Deanne Knutson
> Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
> St. Alexius Medical Center
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