Re: Cut off times

From:Mary Bryhan <>

Answers to survey:

1. We process an average of 150 per day; (89rare - 289becomming more common)

2. We start our tissue processor at about 4:00pm, thinking of adding second
run that would start at about 2:00pm-stats and biopsies.

3. I'm not sure, but I think they leave between 4:00 - 4:30, that's when the
last tech leaves.

4. Generally so.  Bone biopsies definitely, valves - we don't worry too much
about them.  Generally fresh bone/calcified material is placed in fixative
overnight and transferred in the early am, then processed that day.  Works
good for us.

5. Yes, most of the time.  I've noticed that our PA sometimes puts things
through too soon when he is stressed out, or overworked.  When he gets tired
he cuts too thick of sections, but I would take his gross over everyone

6. No we don't.  What we do instead is have a 5:00 am embedder who embeds
all the biopsies, cytology, hematology and stats for the  6:00 am cutter.
We usually load 40 slides on the first run by 8:00 am to be into the
pathologists by 9:00 am.  Most of business is outpatient so it works for us.

Mary Bryhan
Petoskey, Michigan

----- Original Message -----
From: Weems, Joyce <>
To: 'Histonet' <>
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2001 4:38 PM
Subject: Cut off times

> I know we've discussed this in the past, but just to be current, I'd like
> go there again.
> Would those in the South-East please be sure to respond?
> And everyone else too!
> A tiny survey -
> 1. How big is your case load?
> 2. What is cut-off time for starting processors?
> 3. What is cut-off time for ending gross?
> 4. Do you let fresh specimens fix adequately before decal?
> 5. Do you let fresh specimens fix adequately before processing?
> 6. Do you still work Saturdays?
> (Can you tell I'm trying to make some very difficult changes?)
> Thanks for your help. J:>)
> Joyce Weems
> Pathology Manager
> Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta

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