[Histonet] IHC turnaround time

Sebree Linda A LSebree at uwhealth.org
Fri Jun 19 16:51:00 CDT 2015

I agree Jay.  We have the same TAT policy and it's "kick ass" every single day to achieve this with never enough time to cut controls, check out new lots, bring on new antibodies, etc.  Our staffing situation will need to change pretty soon, especially as I look towards retirement :).

Linda A. Sebree 
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics 
IHC/ISH Laboratory, Rm A4/204-3224 
600 Highland Ave. 
Madison, WI 53792 
FAX: (608)262-7174 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Lundgren [mailto:jaylundgren at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 1:04 PM
Cc: histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu; Olszewski, Dawn
Subject: Re: [Histonet] IHC turnaround time

     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., HTL (ASCP)

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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