RE: Number of Tech's vs. number of blocks

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

I really don't think you will find a standard.    Every lab is different in
the services offered.   We are a 3 person lab.   Doing 60 blocks a  day on
average.  (not including autopsies)  We also do cytology, immunos, special
stains and log all specimens.   We file slides, blocks, kodachromes and
arrange autopsies.   We dump specimens, change processors/stainers and
assist with gross.    I write procedures, do QC/QA, troubleshoot all stains
and a couple of other odds jobs for the clinical lab.  (maintain clinical
laboratory lab coats and coordinate our hospital's blood drives)    There's
probably stuff I've forgotten.   We are busy most of the time.   There are
some days with a light workload and some days when we cannot get it all
done.    Every hospital is different.   How anyone can say with XX number of
blocks you need XX number of techs seems unreasonable to me.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	boju []
> Sent:	Saturday, June 01, 2002 3:11 PM
> To:	Fran Adams;
> Subject:	Re: Number of Tech's vs. number of blocks
> Hi where I work there are 2 Histology techs. We average 80-100 blocks a
> day
> ,we do all the histology and assist the Pathologist in the grossing area.
> We
> also do the paperwork  QA/Qc and other  whatever it takes jobs. We don't
> do
> Immuno or Cytology. We usually average 4-8 hrs. a week overtime and have
> asked for more staff but  boss says that's a maybe? I do not know  what
> the
> average workload should be per tech. but someone should lighten us on
> things. Where would you find a standard?
>       Judy .
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Fran Adams" 
> To: 
> Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 1:11 PM
> Subject: Number of Tech's vs. number of blocks
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > We're in the process of trying to find out how many Histology
> > Technician/Technologist are needed to run a lab efficently.
> >
> > We have four registered histology techs and one grossing room tech.
> > Half of the day, one of the histology techs helps out with doing
> Cytology
> > processing.
> >
> > We average 205 blocks per day.  Three techs are cutting and one is
> putting
> > all the slides together.  The grossing room tech cuts the frozens but
> > sometimes we have to help him out.
> >
> > We do not do immuno's but we do special stains.  Of course, the number
> of
> > sp. stains, recuts, etc. vary.  We stay busy.  I'm the supervisor,and am
> > also a bench tech. Most of my supervisory work gets pushed aside.
> >
> > If any of you could, please take a minute to give me some feedback so
> we'll
> > know if we're over worked or not!  And yes, there are many days when at
> > least one or two of us work overtime.
> >
> > Thanks in advance ,
> > Fran Adams
> > Histology Supervisor
> > The Medical Center of Central GA
> > Macon, GA
> >
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