Re: QC/QI Forms-Pathologist review

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In a message dated 3/14/00 11:00:11 AM, Robert Lott, HTL(ASCP), Baptist 
Health System, Birmingham, AL writes:

<< I was wondering if some of you would be willing to share the QC forms you 
use for pathologist review of your daily histology. i.e. stain quality, 
processing quality, sectioning quality... >>

I have seen many of these forms in my travels as a locum tenens pathologist. 
I would estimate that about a quarter of laboratories use them. Their 
presence seems to correlate with poor quality of slides. I always check them 
off as if everything was wonderful, and I'm sure the Herrn Inschpektors beam 
when they read them.

If the purpose of such forms is to keep the inspectors happy, then they 
should be written up in whatever form the inspectors want, with as much 
dispatch as possible.

If the forms are meant to improve the quality of slides, they are a poor 
substitute for constant communication between pathologist and histologist. 

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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