RE: [Histonet] Saturday work schedule

From:"Bonner, Janet"

We have approximately the same workload and have two techs and a Lab Aide.
One tech comes in around 1AM and embeds biopsies and as much Sat. work as
possible, cuts the blocks and sp. stains if she has the time.   The second
Tech comes in around 3-4AM and cuts, does the special stains, and embeds the
Monday work (we process all our tissue on Friday night and embed it Sat
incase the Pathologist decides he wants a case slated for Monday). The Lab
Aide comes in around 4-6AM and checks to make sure we have all the slated
Sat. work, labels the slides, distributes the slides to the two Saturday
Pathologists, and cleans up the stainer and processors when all the slides
redistributed.  The second tech is working until noon, and then we have an
on-call person from noon until 4PM, and on Sunday on-call from 10AM to 4PM.
  We have a separate immuno dept.  (- we do about 300,000 slides per year).
Hope this helps -          Janet

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Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 7:22 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Saturday work schedule

Dear Histonetters,
We are considering adjusting our Saturday work schedule. Currently, two
techs embed about 130 biopsy blocks and section and stain three slides for
each. I'd like some information on how other high volume labs implement
their Saturday schedule. Do you have a Saturday rotation? And if so, what's
your work flow protocol, i.e. number of techs, type of specimens produced
(biopsies and/or surgicals)? If your lab has two or more shifts, is the
Saturday rotation equitable or does only day shift rotate on Saturdays? Many
thanks for your responses!
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