RE: Responding To Tissue Processor Alarms & Being On Call
Nice thought but it doesn't work that way in the federal sector.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jackie.O'Connor@abbott.com [SMTP:Jackie.O'Connor@abbott.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 2:37 PM
> To: Jones, Laura
> Cc: Histonet (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: Responding To Tissue Processor Alarms & Being On Call
> If you're On Call and must avail yourself in the event of an emergency,
> you should receive the same 'on call' pay that the Radiology techs,
> ultrasound, etc. receive as well. The minimum you should get if you come
> in is 2 hours Call back pay, even if you are only there 10 minutes.
> Check with your state labor laws. Your current compensation seems unfair
> to me. Additionally, if you are required to pick up tissues in your own
> car, and you get into an accident, the hospital is liable for your
> injuries, vehicle damage, injuries if you are at fault, etc - no matter
> what state you live in. Additionally, your own insurance company may have
> a problem with you using your car 'for work purposes'. (you are a
> courier, and on the clock) I'll bet the hospital hasn't thought of/ know
> that. Bring it up to Risk Management.
> Jacqueline M. O'Connor HT(ASCP)
> Abbott Laboratories
> Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development
> Discovery Chemotheraputics
> Fax 847.938.3266
> "Jones, Laura"
> 12/04/2002 02:06 PM
> To: "Histonet (E-mail)"
> Subject: Responding To Tissue Processor Alarms & Being On
> Hi! We are interested in finding out how other labs handle the inevitable
> middle of the night phone calls when the alarm sounds on the tissue
> processor. Who is responsible for dragging him or herself into the lab at
> three a.m. to resolve the problem, and does that person get paid to be "on
> call"? Also, if your processor is going to be down for a few days or
> more, and a neighboring facility is gracious enough to process your
> tissues, (Thank You, Northside!!!) who is the lucky one driving miles away
> to deliver and pick up the tissues? How is that person compensated for
> this service?
> Here is our situation. Our Pathologist acts as our supervisor. We have
> three techs, so we have decided to rotate the months between the three of
> us to be responsible for answering those middle of the night calls. We do
> not get paid to be "on call", but we do punch in when we get here, and
> then punch out when we leave. If we are here for an hour, they like us to
> try to leave an hour early at some time during the week to balance it out.
> When our processor has been down for days at a time, we have driven our
> tissues to a neighboring hospital ourselves, and picked it up in the
> mornings ourselves as well. For this, we are paid mileage from hospital
> to hospital, and our start time is considered to be the time we arrive at
> to pick up the tissue.
> We would very much appreciate your input and suggestions! Thanks very
> Laura Jones
> Sharon Regional Health System
> Sharon, PA
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