AW: [Histonet] Re: Inspectors/ CAP JCAHO CLIA

From:"Gudrun Lang"

In this country not only the instruments are in the focus of interest but
also the employers welfare. The working environment should be in a healthy
range. (.. but this isn't tested daily) There are laws and regulations for
the working place.

Gudrun Lang
Biomed. Analytikerin
Akh Linz
Krankenhausstr. 9
4020 Linz
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[] Im Auftrag von Mickie
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. März 2008 14:25
An: 'Elizabeth M Heimrich'; 'Undisclosed-recipients:'
Betreff: RE: [Histonet] Re: Inspectors/ CAP JCAHO CLIA

I agree! What has room humidity got to do with anything in histology
including Mohs. It might affect peoples sensibilities when the inspector
arrives and hassles them about humidity!

I remember a CAP inspector berate our microbiology supervisor at a summation
meeting because he found one temperature log with a missing day out of a
whole year! We all knew our microbiology department was one of the best in
the state. The state had recently designated them as the primary TB testing
lab for the whole state!

Too bad there is not some review of requirements for thing like
certification of timers.

Thanks for listening to my 2 cents worth!

Best Regards,
Mickie Johnson, B.S., HTL(ASCP)
Mohs Histology Consulting Services, LLC
  & Mohs Lab Staffing
2507 S. Manito Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99203
FAX   509-624-3926
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[] On Behalf Of Elizabeth M
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 12:04 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Re: Inspectors/ CAP JCAHO CLIA

This whole thread really makes me wonder...does anyone have common sense 
anymore?  Are these 'inspectors' just looking to ding the labs so that 
they look better to their superiors?  Where is it going to stop?  Next 
they'll want the temp ranges of the refrigerators each time the door is 
opened.  What does the air temp and humidity really have to do with the 
quality of the service being provided?  Do these minscule details make 
one lab better than another?  I think not.  You can become so caught up 
in these inspections that you make more mistakes regarding the patients' 
details.  I think they are missing the point!   It is just another check 
off on the list for the paper pushers.  I am really glad I do not work 
in a hospital/ clinical setting.  To all my fellow histonetters in these 
settings; my hat is off to you, for being able to perform your duties 
well, and deal with all the BS surrounding inspections you deserve a lot 
more than what the average salary is. 
 I feel for you all!!!

Tom McNemar wrote:

>I had a JCAHO inspector tell me about 6  years ago that I should have the
temperature ranges on the charts but have never had anyone suggest the
operational humidity...
>Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
>Histology Co-ordinator
>Licking Memorial Health Systems
>(740) 348-4163
>(740) 348-4166
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>Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 1:09 PM
>Subject: [Histonet] Re: Histonet Digest, Vol 52, Issue 30
>I think this is interesting because I am hearing more and more that CLIA
>inspectors are requiring these ranges on the chart. Is anyone else having
>CLIA inspectors ding them about operational humidity and temperature ranges
>on temperature charts? Some CLIA inspectors require room temperatures to be
>recorded as well. Everyone's input would be appreciated. Thanks.
>Mickie Johnson, B.S., HTL(ASCP)
>Mohs Histology Consulting Services, LLC
>  & Mohs Lab Staffing
>2507 S. Manito Blvd.
>Spokane, WA 99203
>FAX   509-624-3926
>We do this monitoring for flow cytometry, there is a question for temp and
>humidy for CAP so we record this daily, with a monitor that records the
>temp 3x's./ day and the humidity.  You can set the monitoring times for any
>interval you need.  Then I download this monthly as part of the qc.
>Andrea J Weiss BST CT (ASCP)
>609 653 3577 Ext 4907
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