RE: [Histonet] CLIA

From:"Bonnie Whitaker"

Hi All

I'll jump in for a Friday flaming.... anything that we are required to
record the temperature (or humidity) for, in my opinion, SHOULD have a range
that is acceptable, and an action plan for out-of-range.  For example, in my
warehouse-style storage area, the action plan is if the temperature exceeds
100F in the summer, we are to open the doors and blow some of the lab and
office AC (with fans) into the warehouse so our blocks don't start getting
too sticky and clump together.  We do that until the temperature is back
into the acceptable range.

Bonnie P. Whitaker
Brown & Associates Medical Laboratories

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Joe Nocito
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 12:39 AM
To:; 'Matt Bancroft'; 'Blazek, Linda';
Subject: Re: [Histonet] CLIA

The CAP General checklist has a question about are room temps and humidity 
recorded, but nothing about ranges. Here's a question for you. What do you 
do if your HVAC system goes out and your room temp is 85 degrees? Does your 
processors and embedding machines stop working? Being a CAP inspector 
myself, I hate hearing stuff like this. It just fries my toes.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mickie Johnson" 
To: "'Matt Bancroft'" ; "'Blazek, Linda'" 
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 9:07 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] CLIA

> Matt,
> 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
> Mickie Johnson, B.S., HTL(ASCP)
> Mohs Histology Consulting Services, LLC
>  & Mohs Lab Staffing
> 2507 S. Manito Blvd.
> Spokane, WA 99203
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> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Matt
> Bancroft
> 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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