Re: Who does IHC?
Good on you Sandy.
I couldn't agree more with your assessment at the
end. All the letters after a name don't guarantee results.
Regional Histology Operations Manager
Bon Secours Health Partners Laboratories
5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226 ______________________
Subject: RE: Who does IHC?
Author: "Hinton, Sandy" at SMTP
Date: 5/31/02 8:55 AM
Through the years I have found that people's talents differ.
Years ago when
we initially started doing IHC's, I also tried to include
the regular rotation. It just didn't work for us, and I've
supervisors and managers say the same thing.
I think the IHC vocabulary, which varies significantly from
that of routine
histology, is intimidating to some technicians. The fact
you don't see
results until the end of the procedure can also be
so different from the routine special staining procedures
technicians are used to. You also have to be good at
calculations and that can be an intimidator.
We do a large number of diagnostic IHC's and those duties
Kidney and Muscle biopsy procedures are performed in our
laboratory. The three technicians in that lab are all well
senior technicians, who from the beginning expressed a
to work with
Since I'm located in Texas, I can't address the New York
have one Medical Technician III, and two Histology
III's, one of
which is a HTL and the other a HT performing the procedures.
think that it's the desire to learn and perform at the
technically, that produces the best technicians, not the MT,
behind someone's name.
Chief Tech Divisions of Surgical Pathology and Autopsy
Office CLS 5.541A
Phone (409) 747-2488
FAX (409) 772-9305
From: Tom McNemar [mailto:TMcNemar@lmhealth.org]
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 7:04 AM
Subject: Who does IHC?
I need a little help and would like to take a little survey.
My lab manager
tells me that she wants everyone in my department to be able
everything. I have no problem with that in general and it
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
performing IHC but I cannot convince my manager. She says
(again). And so to my questions.....
1. How many techs do you have and how many of those are
2. Is it true that the state of New York requires an HTL to
I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you
Tom Mc Nemar HT(ASCP)
Licking Memorial Hospital
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