[Histonet] Running a histo lab without a histotech?

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 23 07:35:34 CDT 2015

About the "legality" I do not think it is of your direct concern, unless you want to "challenge" the situation with some sort of legal action, which is really not advisable.As a functioning laboratory in a hospital it has to be under the supervision of either CLIA or  ASAP and the pathologist is the Director of such laboratory so, it is the pathologist's responsibility of assuming about the "legality" of that situation and is the pathology who you should ask this question.René 

     On Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:02 PM, Jay Lundgren via Histonet <histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu> wrote:

 Hello histonetters!  I am on assignment in a small hospital lab in the
Heartland and they are staffed by only two people.  One is a registered
(ASCP) HT with 10 years of experience, and the other is a former
phlebotomist being trained on the job from scratch , who has yet to take
her accreditation exam.

 As a matter of fact, she has yet to take all the college courses (math,
science) to qualify to take her exam, and is still being  trained in the
hospital's protocols, only allowed to cut larger specimens (no bxs), etc.
She can accession, answer the phone, embed, load the stainer, coverslipper,
etc.,  so she can turn out most of the work.  I am here working for three
weeks because the trainee is on medical leave.

My question is, when the registered HT goes on vacation or sick leave, is
it legal for the lab to operate with only the trainee?

Or does a histo lab have to have at least one registered tech to operate?


                                      Jay A. Lundgren, M.S., HTL (ASCP)
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