Re: Who does IHC?
|From:||Vinnie Della Speranza |
of 12 fte's in histology, only two perform ihc in our facility. I
understand your manager's point and have been through similar discussions
elsewhere. However, those with any significant experience will tell you that
training to perform ihc techniques will NOT provide sufficient experience to be
able to anticipate and troubleshoot problems arising in this very complex
technique. Those with extensive experience in ihc possess and instinct and
insight that only comes from years of doing the technique and of course, from
things that didn't go well. I have to respectfully disagree with your lab
manager on this one. I do not believe that this will be a successful model. It
is best to limit the number of those who can then get over time the experience
that will allow them to become highly skilled.
I departed NY in "99 after 25 years of practice there. I am aware of no
requirement in that state as of "99 that required an HTl to perform ihc but of
course those regs may have changed. However, I will add that it was my practice
as AP manager to only have HTL's (or MT's working for me) performing ihc in my
lab. I believe that a foundation in immunology is an asset for a full
understanding of the techniques nuances.
Vinnie Della Speranza
Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
University of South Carolina
165 Ashley Avenue Suite 309
McNemar <TMcNemar@lmhealth.org> 05/31/02 08:03AM >>>
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
everything. I have no problem with that in general and it has always
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
unhappy/mistrusting pathologists. I want to limit the number of
performing IHC but I cannot convince my manager. She says to
(again). And so to my questions.....
1. How many
techs do you have and how many of those are performing IHC?
2. Is it true
that the state of New York requires an HTL to perform IHC?
greatly appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you in advance.
Mc Nemar HT(ASCP)
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