Re: [Histonet] Who does the immunos?

From:"Roxanne Soto"

This would depend on your state and you institution.  Many institutions only allow technologists to do them.  Some states will aonly allow 
Technologists to do them.  If this is a brand new job description, then it can be incorporated into the job description.  If it is an existng description, review it and see what it says, you can always add it to the current job description.  I would recommend that it be a separate job description for the IHC Tech, because it takes a special kind of tech to be able to handle all of the stress and math and chemistry required to work up all of them antibodies and be able to troubleshoot them as well as being able to help the pathologists with their questions.  For example, the antibody CEA--there is a monoclonal and a polyclonal antibody for this and the pathologist called me and asked for CEA and I asked hime if he wanted monoclonal or polyclonal and he asked me what the difference is.  The person doing the IHC will have to have the knowledge to tell him that since he was ordering it on a liver biopsy and he was looking for cancer originating from the colon, what he probably wanted was CEA polyclonal, as this antibody is for liver metasasis from colonic cancers, and he probably wanted a hepar done as well.

Let me know if you need any other help----be glad to offer my 2 cents any time
Roxanne Soto
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2005 1:26 PM
  Subject: [Histonet] Who does the immunos?

  What policy do most labs have about letting their techs do  immunos?   Are 
  all the techs trained to do them, or are only the  registered techs trained to 
  do them, or do only a limited number of techs  do them?   Our program is fairly 
  new, and there is a discussion among  the pathologists and administration and 
  techs about what is the best  policy.   I'd like to hear from other labs 
  about their  procedures.
  Thanks in advance.
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