[Histonet] Histonet Digest, Vol 197, Issue 8

Dionee Neamand deedeebrina at aol.com
Tue Apr 14 08:54:17 CDT 2020

Hello. I am looking for help with IHC staining. Does anyone have good negative control tissue for MMR stains? We need a minimum of 10 negative results per IHC stain for our validation. We have yet to find any. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Dionee Neamand, HT (ASCP)Lead TechEvangelical Community HospitalLewisburg  PA  17837

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Today's Topics:

  1. Question concerning H-Pylori Staining (Ken M)
  2. Is there anything I can do for you? (Pam Barker)
  3. Competency questionnaires (Charles Riley)


Message: 1
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 19:50:09 +0000
From: Ken M <kdean70 at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [Histonet] Question concerning H-Pylori Staining
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Hi everyone!  We have a question about staining for H-Pylori Using Quick Stain (Periodic acid 1%, Alician Yellow, Sodium Metabisulfate,Toluidine Blue stock, Sodium Hydroxide) we notice what clearly  looks like the H-Pylori purple stained clusters, but after dehydration in 100% alcohol the purple clusters seem to disappear. Should we just dehydrate using a slide oven instead of the alcohol? For how long at what temp? Could the alcohol be affecting the purple color making it too light to see?



Message: 2
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2020 11:15:47 -0400
From: "Pam Barker" <relia1 at earthlink.net>
To: "Histopeeps Histonet" <histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Subject: [Histonet] Is there anything I can do for you?
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Hi Histonetters,
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, and you can
take time to enjoy Easter, Passover  and this season with your family.
It seems that things are changing on an almost daily basis.  
I have been monitoring social media - personal connections and histology
related groups on Facebook and LinkedIN and have been staying in touch with
many of my active candidates and customers.
I have gotten a lot of questions about what is going on with the ?career?
aspect of histology at this time.
Here is a summary of what I have observed and experienced so far:

Histotechs supporting ?non-essential surgeries? i.e. Derm and GI private
? Some are experiencing cuts in hours and/or are using the time to catch up
on backlogs and lab maintenance.
? Many are being furloughed with the expectation of being called back to
work once ?the all clear is given?,
? Start dates for new employees are being postponed until further notice.

Traveling Histotechs - Histotechs that are working as contractors
? Most of the travel techs I have heard from have been grounded meaning sent
home until further notice.
? They seem confident that they will be returning to their assignments as
they are looking for prn positions for now.

Hospital based histotechs:
? Some are being furloughed
? Some are having their hours reduced
? Some are job sharing meaning for example if they have a regular staff of 4
techs they take turns 2 at a time working for a week while the other 2 stay
? Some are being used in other areas for example if they have experience in
phlebotomy they are moving to that department.

I can?t really speak to research, academic or pharmaceutical areas as I
haven?t heard much from them.  (Hopefully that?s because they are busy
working on the COVID-19 response.)

What I glean from this and bear in mind this only an opinion on my part
based on what I have heard anecdotally.  It seems that the best case
scenario at this point is there was a shortage of histotechs before the
pandemic and there will be just as great a need after the pandemic in other
words we are just pressing pause.

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Message: 3
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2020 12:47:44 -0400
From: Charles Riley <criley at dpspa.com>
To: Histo List <histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Subject: [Histonet] Competency questionnaires
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Does anyone use a questionnaire for testing a techs competency either by
itself or on top of practical application of the skills needed?  If so
would you mind sharing with me your questions (I am looking for grossing,
microtomy and troubleshooting, embedding, processing, and
immunohistochemistry/special/H&E staining and troubleshooting.


Charles Riley BS  HT, HTL(ASCP)CM

Histopathology Coordinator/ Mohs


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