RE: [Histonet] CAP Question. .

From:"Henry, Charlene"

I agree with Hazel; because I do not know of a CAP question that requires certified HTs in a clinical laboratory. These requirements are usually set by the individual laboratories. However you must show that your employees have been trained and are competent to perform these tests. This is also why the proficiency testing (CAP Surveys) require that they be performed by the same laboratory employees that routinely perform these tests. Also this is why controls must be ran with our cases and then reviewed daily by a pathologist or designee.
We do require certification in our lab and I do remember JCAHO asking to see the certifications of my techs during one inspection but I can't say for sure that JCAHO requires certification.

Charlene Henry HT (ASCP), QIHC
Anatomic Pathology Section Head
Department of Pathology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
fax 901-495-3100

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Breeden, Sara
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 2:00 PM
Subject: [Histonet] CAP Question. .

Can anyone tell me if there are CAP or JCAHO requirements for staffing in an accredited histology lab? Does CAP require that a histology laboratory employ certified/registered HTs in order for that lab to be accredited?  Thanks in advance.

Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 4700

Albuquerque, NM  87106


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