RE: Who does IHC?

From:"Weems, Joyce"

We have found that one needs to do IHC consistently in order to produce the
best results. I have 3 techs who can perform them, one a FT immuno tech. We
just made the FT position last year and have found it to be a good decision.
Prior to that 4 techs rotated the duty weekly, with one being "responsible"
for new testing, trouble shooting, etc. Now, we have one tech who mainly
covers vacation, and another who can perform if a crisis. I recommend having
one person perform with backup, according to your volume. 
(Our volume has increased to 100+ slides per day.)

Is your manager a Histotech?

Good luck! 

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
404-851-7831 - fax

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Tom McNemar []
	Sent:	Friday, May 31, 2002 8:04 AM
	To:	''
	Subject:	Who does IHC?

	I need a little help and would like to take a little survey.  My lab
	tells me that she wants everyone in my department to be able to do
	everything.  I have no problem with that in general and it has
always been
	my philosophy.  A problem has developed with IHC however.  A couple
of folks
	just have not gotten the hang of it causing a lot of repeats and
	unhappy/mistrusting pathologists.  I want to limit the number of
	performing IHC but I cannot convince my manager.  She says to
re-train them
	(again).  And so to my questions.....

	1. How many techs do you have and how many of those are performing

	2. Is it true that the state of New York requires an HTL to perform

	I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback.  Thank you in

	Tom Mc Nemar HT(ASCP)
	Histology Supervisor
	Licking Memorial Hospital
	Newark, Ohio

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