RE: [Histonet] CLIA

From:"Bernice Frederick"

Well if you were in Houston, one could open the door and get the
humidity!!!! Not that Chicago is dry in the summer either. I imagine our
waterbaths help contribute to the humidity.

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Matt
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 12:25 PM
To: Blazek, Linda; Morken, Tim;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] CLIA

Becareful, they will ding on it.  I think that it is crazy.  I am lucky and
eveything was in specks but she was hunting for something

"Blazek, Linda"  wrote:  After the first
email about temps and humidity I checked all my operator
manuals and found that if we are below 5 or over 40 C and over 60%
humidity we would be out of range. I know I'm not working in that

-----Original Message-----
From: Morken, Tim [] 
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 12:10 PM
To:; Matt Bancroft; Blazek, Linda;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] CLIA

Adding the ranges certainly adds to the tidbits of information that
could be used for troubleshooting., but it is humorous in that if the
lab environment was outiside the temperature and humidity ranges given
for most equipment, no one would be working in the lab and the equipment
would most likely be off due the power failure that caused the
temperature and humidity to be outside the ranges!

Tim Morken

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Mickie
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 7:07 AM
To: 'Matt Bancroft'; 'Blazek, Linda';
Subject: RE: [Histonet] CLIA


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
Web: &

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Matt
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 5:04 AM
To: Blazek, Linda;
Subject: [Histonet] CLIA

For those of you that have to go thru a CLIA inspeciton, I had mine
yesterday and came across a issue, that in my 15 years of histology have
never came across so I thought that I would share with you all. The
inspector that I had opened up the owners manuals of my equipment
(paraffin pot, water-bath, embedding center, etc) and looked at the
manufactors recommendations for room temp and room humidity. She was
going to ding me on not haveing those ranges on my QC chats, but I
changed them while she was here. So if you do not have those ranges on
your QC charts I would recommened it.

Matt Bancroft
Laboratory Manager

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