[Histonet] IHC turnaround time

Jay Lundgren jaylundgren at gmail.com
Fri Jun 19 13:04:25 CDT 2015

     Let me get this straight, Dawn.  You are running "In by 12, out by 5."
on IHCs and your pathologist is* complaining*?  A 5 hour TAT is awesome!
Most places I've worked (and I've seen a lot in 16 years as a traveling
tech) have at least a 24 hour TAT for IHC.

     I've got to get a shirt to the cleaners before 9 to get it back by 5!
Which is more complex, washing a shirt, or doing IHC on human tissue?!


                                                   Jay A. Lundgren, M.S.,

On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:54 AM, STEVEN PINHEIRO <SPINHEIRO at lumc.edu>

> Dawn,
> TAT has many variables. We run mostly Leica Bond platforms, but do have
> some Ventana Benchmark access if needed. The average volume here about 125
> slides a day. The available time is directly dependent or order protocols.
> If the order is available before 11 am, the slides will be available mid to
> late afternoon the same day. If the order is created between 11 am and 4
> pm, the slides will be available late that same evening (but usually not
> reviewed by pathology until the next morning). Order placed after 4 pm are
> variable and may make the evening run but will most likely not be run until
> the next day. We do not have an overnight run.
> Steve Pinheiro
> 708-327-2642
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Olszewski, Dawn [mailto:Dawn.Olszewski at SGMC.ORG]
> Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 9:53 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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