RE: [Histonet] Re: H&E quality check

From:"Michael Mihalik"

To tag along with this statement.  Wouldn't it be nice if the pathologist
could comment on the 'quality' of the stain as they are reviewing the slide
in the first place?

...or am I missing something here?

Michael Mihalik
PathView Systems | office: 207.483.0968 | cell: 214.733.7688 | 800.798.3540
| fax: 270.423.0968

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Robert
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 3:34 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Re: H&E quality check

Well, I've worked in roughly 60 hospital and private lab pathology
services in my locum tenens career, and I've never seen a functioning
QA (or whatever they call it this year) program for H & E (or any
other stain) in a pathology lab. An occasional lab has the pathologist
fill out QA sheets telling them that the slides are wonderful -
invariably in such labs the slides are horrible. In most labs nobody
but the pathologist ever looks at a slide under a microscope.

A meaningful QA program would have a pathologist and a senior
histotechnologist review some of the day's production, during the
working day. I've always been ridiculed for suggesting it.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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