RE: [Histonet] Salary Scales

From:Jennifer MacDonald

While I agree with Renee that histotechs have to make many decisions, I 
don't necessarily agree that they make more decisions that other areas in 
the lab.  I worked in the clinical lab for many years and had to make many 
decisions regarding the adequacy of a specimen and interpret the QC before 
that result could be released.  Manual differentials require that the tech 
know the morphology of all cell types.  Cross matching blood for 
transfusions requires interpretation before that blood can be released for 
transfusion to the patient.  An error in cross-matching can kill the 
patient.  I can tell you that my stress level as a Medical Technologist 
was much higher than my stress level as Histotechnician.  There are many 
more examples where the knowledge and judgement of the tech will determine 
the outcome of patient result reporting and treatment.  The pathologist 
does not make the final decision for the Med Tech before they release 
results to the clinician.  We were also responsible for notifying the 
clinician when the patient results were critical.

Rene J Buesa  
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05/15/2008 09:22 AM

"Dawson, Glen" ,

RE: [Histonet] Salary Scales

  And it will keep that way until histotechs star demanding what is 
  Have you realized that histotechs are the only specialists in the 
medical lab that have to make decisions all along the process?
  When to reject a too thick slice of tissue to assure proper processing?
  What part to embed to cut?
  Up to where trim the block discarding parts of the specimen FOR EVER?!
  Which section to take or which to discard FOR EVER?!
  When to stop differentiation in a special stain?
  There is no other area of the ML that has to take so many decisions, and 
they are better paid. And will be until the HTs decide to take action and 
demand what is deserved.
  Just my opinion (as usual!).
  René J.

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