[Histonet] Re: IHC TAT

From:Patti Loykasek

Hi Pat. One way we have maximized the use of stainers is to let them run
overnight. We start a run in the late afternoon and let it run overnight.
The slides are ready to be dehydrated & coverslipped when we come in the
next morning. This seems to make efficient use of staff & instruments. We do
have a cut off time. What we are going to start that night needs to be in
the lab to be cut by noon (or so). We are lucky that we have a part time
tech who cuts what we receive in the afternoon at night, and itıs ready to
start in the morning. We can actually do 3 runs a day on our stainers by
staggering start times of staff, starting a run early in the morning, a run
mid-day if necessary, and the overnight run. If you can figure out your rate
limiting steps, perhaps you can work around them.

Patti Loykasek
PhenoPath Laboratories
Seattle, WA> 

>  We are interested in knowing how some of you handle the volume of
> Immunhistochemistries in your department if you are limited by staff and
> autostainers.  Do you have cut off times for ordering; do you prioritize
> the work or do you have a turn around time that must be met and what is
> this time from ordering to finished slides.
>  We have two autostainers that can only handle 20 slides each and
> 10-15% of the volume is performed manually.  One tech of two rotates
> into this lab.  
>   I appreciate any help you can give me.
>   Thank you,
>   Pat Karlisch
> Pat Karlisch
> Supervisor, Histology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
> Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
> Mail Code H179
> Hershey, PA 17033
> Phone (717) 531-6072
> Fax: (717) 531- 7741
> email: pkarlisch@psu.edu
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