[Histonet] FW: IHC turnaround time

Cartun, Richard Richard.Cartun at hhchealth.org
Fri Jun 19 11:09:10 CDT 2015

I apologize; I meant to preface my remarks with, "We have separate Histology and IHC Labs".  My data may prove more useful to IHC only labs.


-----Original Message-----
From: Cartun, Richard [mailto:Richard.Cartun at hhchealth.org] 
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 11:21 AM
To: Olszewski, Dawn; histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] IHC turnaround time

I direct a busy and very efficient (I think) IHC lab staffed with 2.875 FTEs who spend most of their time doing IHC, but they also help Histology embed and cut paraffin blocks when needed (which is most days).  For 2015 we are averaging 4,022 IHC patient test slides and 1,650 IHC control slides per month.  Our IHC lab is staffed from 4:30 AM to 6 PM (or later depending on workload).  We have 5 Leica Bond Max platforms; however, we still do some IHCs on the bench.  We usually do 2-3 runs per day and an overnight run (except on Fridays) as well.


Richard W. Cartun, MS, PhD
Director, Histology & Immunopathology
Director, Biospecimen Collection Programs Assistant Director, Anatomic Pathology Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT  06102
(860) 972-1596
(860) 545-2204 Fax

-----Original Message-----
From: Olszewski, Dawn [mailto:Dawn.Olszewski at SGMC.ORG]
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 10:53 AM
To: histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] IHC turnaround time

Hi Histonetters,                                                                                                                                  6-19-15

We are wondering what the average turnaround times for IHC are for other labs.  We use the Biocare Intellipath instrumentation. It holds up to 50 slides ( 10 slides per 5 racks) with continuous feed per open rack.  All IHC orders placed by 12pm are usually out the same day by 5pm. We average 434 IHC slides per month and have a staff of 3 FTE's.

A pathologist has voiced concerns over our IHC output.  We are trying to determine "best practices" for IHC turnaround time as measured from time order placed to time of slide delivery.

If you could respond with your IHC TAT including number of techs and average of IHC slides monthly, we would appreciate any input you may be able to provide.

Thank you in advance,

Dawn Olszewski, HTL(ASCP)QIHC

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