Re: Technical competence
I am red-blue, red-green colour blind and I knew this from about 10 years of
age. As I have now worked for 34 years in Histology I have not found it to
be a major problem. My mentor in the early years said I should judge
stained structures on morphology as well as colours. People seem to think
colour blindness means you only see in grey shades. This is not true as I
still see colours but not necessarily the same as most people. I have also
found that colour blindness leads to a more acute sense of shades of
When I was studying I was fortunate enough to have lecturers and tutors who
were willing to explain to me the structures I was looking at and I was then
able to judge what colour they were for myself.
I have also been educating students for most of the 30 years since I
qualified and my colour blindness was never bought into question.
During my period in the laboratory I have know three completely colourblind
pathologist and they were by far the best morphologists I have ever met.
One in particular rarely asked for special stains as he said a good H&E said
it all. However, he has relented on IHC although he says he can't see brown
he can still see the reacive sights.
P.O. Box 533
Wentworthville NSW Australia 2145
----- Original Message -----
From: "Teresa Flores"
To: "Raiford, Betty"
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:13 PM
Subject: Re: Technical competence
> Betty, in our pathology department, and right before our CAP inspection
> (every 2 years), our Laboratory Director, will go to each lab, EM, Histo,
> Cytogenetics, Cytology, Clinical Laboratory and give each one of us a
> blind test (including pathologist). This is documented and kept in each
> ones personnel file. I am not sure if this is part of CAP questions, but I
> would look into it. Do your employees get a physical before they begin? It
> could be done there also, I would think.
> It is the same Color chart that I use to help out in my sons high school
> when we were screening for eye exams.
> Good luck, Teresa
> Does anyone have information on how to address histology techs "in
> >who are color blind? How do you address this? What are the established
> >criteria for screening for this in potential candidates coming in to
> >Betty Raiford
> >Program Manager
> >Charles River Laboratories
> >3900 NCTR Rd.
> >Jefferson, AR 72079
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Raiford, Betty
> > Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 3:15 PM
> > To: 'Histonet'
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