Re: Turn around times

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I work at a private clinical lab.  We process approximately 27,000 cases per
year.  We have 5 Pathologist , 1 Pathologist Assistant and 4 histology
technicians.  We have our first two technicians arrive at 4:00 a.m., then one
at 5:00 a.m., and the last at 6:00 a.m.  We do same day deepers for cases
requested before 1:30 p.m., and same day special stains for all request
before 12:30 p.m.  As for immunos, we have the Ventana Nexes.  Any immuno
requested up to 1:00 p.m. will be out the same day. (we dry ours in the
microwave for 3 min. and 30 sec. in a plastic slide holder, run down to
deionized water, and do antigen retrieval with decloaker from bio-care in a
rice steamer for 15 min., this has given us excellent results).  If requested
by 1:00 p.m., with this equipment, the Pathologist will receive his case
between 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  We may run 3 sets of immunos in one day.  Once
any deepers or immunos are started (we have an automated H&E stainer), and if
it is time for us to leave, someone in the gross room removes them for us,
coverslips them, and takes them to the Pathologist that made the request for
the immuno or deeper.  Immunos, special stains and deepers requested after
the cut off time will be cut and completed by 8:00 a.m. the following

Jeanie Wade, H.T.(ASCP)
Pathology Associates of Tyler

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