Re: Efficiency with Time
Just a thought from my days at a reference laboratory.
Would it be feasible to set-up a biopsy run for the
same day? Just an idea to spread or reduce bottleneck
workflow in the mornings?
Dave Low HT(ASCP)QIHC
Elmendorf Med Ctr,AK
--- Fran Adams wrote:
> Hi Histonetters,
> Again, I would like to get information from anyone
> regarding work
> We have any where from 190-280 blocks per day to
> embedd/cut. This usually
> includes cell blocks, Bone Marrow's(2-3 per day
> w/Iron & PAS), Giemsa stain.
> Both are routine everyday.
> The first tech arrives at 5:30 AM and begins
> embedding. The second tech
> arrives at 6:00 AM and begins cutting liver and lung
> biopsies, routine
> The third tech arrives at 6:30 and begins cutting.
> We have the first slides
> out at 8:00 AM. The Bone Marrow's are usually out
> by 10:30-11:00.
> The fourth tech takes over embedding at 7:30. The
> third tech is putting
> slides in oven, loading auto stainer, coverslipping
> and handing out slides
> until the fourth tech has completed the embedding.
> Up until this time, we
> have two tech's cutting all the time with the third
> cutting when time
> allows. After the embedding is completed we have
> three tech's cutting. We
> do take a morning break.
> What I'm thinking is that we may need to come in
> earlier so that the
> Doctor's are not put behind with reading the slides
> and getting special
> stains read.
> How do other Histology Labs with this volume of
> work, plan their scheduling.
> I have worked in one lab that had a tech to come
> in from 11-7 AM and cut
> all the biopsies and do any special stains required
> routinely. They had
> about 70-80 biopsies per night. Other Labs I'm
> familiar with have tech's
> come in at 3 or 4 AM. We as humans, would like to
> avoid this if at all
> possible, but we do have to think about the patients
> and the Pathologist.
> Thanks for any input you guys can give me.
> Fran Adams, HT(ASCP)
> The Medical Center of Central GA
> Macon, GA
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