[Histonet] Tech to Path Ratio

From:"Jasper, Thomas G."

Dear All,
Just wondering, in a clinical/hospital service setting if there is a "rule
of thumb" on tech to path ratio?  Seems to me I was told it was 1:1.5 at one
time, that being one pathologist supported by 1.5 technicians.  I can't
recall according to who/whom this ratio was determined.  I have kept this
ratio in mind for most of my career (basically working in a short staff mode
even when fully staffed).
It seems this question was previously addressed, not clearly to my
recollection.  I also wouldn't mind getting some opinions about this as we
have of course gone through much change over the years.  Automation and
expansion of responsibilities factor into this equation, although in some
respects it may be a wash as automation brings relief yet expansion creates
more tasks.
Thank you for responses and input.
Thomas Jasper HT(ASCP)BAS
Anatomic Pathology Coordinator
SMDC Clinical Laboratory
Duluth, MN

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