Re: Transplant Biopsies

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From:Tim Morken <>
Date:Thu, 10 Jun 1999 10:14:09 -0400 (EDT)
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Joe wrote,
<How many of you that are working in a transplant center have coverage 24 
hours, 7 days a week>

I had several years of experience in a hospital that had heart, kidney, 
liver transplants. Kidney's always come at 5pm Friday. Livers come at 3am 
or, alternatively, anytime you are changing the solutions in the processor. 
Our pathologists were very surprized and upset at getting called out of bed 
for these things and complained heartily about it. Of course, the patients 
didn't listen.

Seriously, transplant service support requires readiness 7/24.

Tim Morken, B.A., EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Infectious Disease Pathology
Centers for Disease Control
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333


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From: "Nocito, Joseph" <>
To: 'Histonet' <>
Subject: Transplant Biopsies
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 13:33:13 -0500

Once again, I appeal to great experience and knowledge of yoou people.  A
couple of weeks ago, I asked about transplant biopsy processing (the
response was great)  Back on the same subject.  How many of you that are
working in a transplant center have coverage 24 hours, 7 days a week.  My
pathologists and I are engaging in a discussion about this. My previous
experience at a military hopsital was that renal and liver transplant
patients rejected their organs after 5:00 PM and on weekends.  I explained
that to the pathologists, but they seem unconvinced.  I have a plan of
attack in hand, but I am not convinced that the pathologists are ready for
transplant pathology.  Does anyone provide 24/7 coverage?  Again, I thank
you in advance.

Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
San Antonio, Texas

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