RE: [Histonet] All,

From:"Pat Zeitlow"

We try to give a one day TAT from order to receipt of finished product.
We set up the majority of our cases (usually all of our cases) by 9:30
a.m.  Our pathologists receive the stained slides and are able to sign
most cases out the same day they are stained.   Any attempt to stain
cases "real time", whether manual or automated, has resulted in a lot of
$$ spent on running QC with each "run" and too much interference with
the rest of our workflow.  Our pathologists seemed please with the TAT.
They can order IHCs any time on Tuesday (for instance) and have them
back, interpreted, and the case reported by close of business Wednesday.

-----Original Message-----
From: Patricia Karlisch [] 
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:43 AM
Subject: [Histonet] All,

   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

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