Re: [Histonet] Autopsy duties

From:"Vinnie Della Speranza"

If your back up (your PA) should happen to be out at the same time as your primary, is your pathologist not capable of doing an autopsy??  I don't wish to sound "ugly" here but how often is this likely to happen and are not all surgical pathologists trained to perform autopsies? so where is the problem? My last question Noreen is not intended for you but rather the individual in your facility who seems to think that you don't have enough back up plans in place.

Happy Thanksgiving to you Noreen

Vinnie Della Speranza
Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
Medical University of South Carolina
165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309
Charleston, SC 29425
Ph: 843-792-6353
fax: 843-792-8974

>>> "Noreen Gilman"  11/26/03 09:53AM >>>
I have a question for all the hospital based histo personnel, but first
some background:
Our facility employ a gentleman as a lab aide who makes cassettes and
accessions surgical specimens. He also is trained and does the work of
an autopsy technician, assisting the pathologist at autopsy. None of my
histotechs are trained to do this, even though watching an autopsy and
assisting at them was part  of their training to get their ACP.  When
our lab aid is off, our PA does the post. The question came up :what if
the lab aid & the PA is off and an autopsy comes up, what then? What
does the rest of the world do?
Thanks for your input. Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday
Noreen Gilman, BS, HT (ASCP) QIHC
Histopathology Supervisor
Broward General Medical Center
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
954.355.4358 Phone
954.355.4139 Fax
954.387.0213 Pager

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