Re: Performance indicators.
While I agree that it isn't a good idea to "stopwatch" your techs, some
guidelines are necessary to maintain a level of fairness in the lab. If not
- what do you do if you have one tech who takes 2 hours to cut 100 blocks vs
one who takes 6 hours for the same amount? Then - what do you do with the
tech that's finished 4 hours earlier? Is it fair to make them complete more
tasks just because they're faster?
Is it fair to expect that much less from the other tech just because they're
Here, I think we've achieved a good balance. All of the work is divided
evenly - at such a level that each tech should comfortably be able to
complete their workload without any undue stress. Those that work too fast
have learned to slow down to improve quality - and those that were
previously too slow have learned time-saving techniques to improve their
While we don't time workload here on an hourly basis (we expect a certain
level of work completed at the end of each day), on average the performance
level expected in this lab is as follows. Mind you, this is with a wide
variety of specimen types,sizes, fixation levels - from numerous, tiny
well-fixed biopsy specimens to huge unfixed nightmare blocks:
Embed 100 blocks: 1 hour
Trim 50 blocks: 30 to 45 minutes
Cut 30 blocks: 30 to 45 minutes
File 100 histology slides: if in order - 1/2 hour if not - 1 hour
Pap smears - we don't do here :)
Hope this helps.
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
>From: Clarke Ian
>Subject: Performance indicators.
>Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 17:54:04 +0000
>I am interested in trying to assess a performance level for some of the
>standard procedures in a Histology and Cytology laboratory.These include ,
>embedding,trimming,cutting and mounting of slides.I thus would like to
>survey what other people think is realistic and doing in practise.
>How long to:
>Embed 100 blocks
>Trim 50 blocks
>Cut 30 blocks
>Mount 60 PAP smears
>Mount 60 Histology slides
>File 100 Pap Smears
>and File 100 Histology slides.
>I will post the results afterwards.
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