Re: [Histonet] Surgical Path TAT

From:Rene J Buesa

The closest to a bench mark about surgicals that I can recommend you is a paper by LaFriniere at al. published in the Journal of Histotechnology in the Dec./2004 issue 
(vol 27 No4, pp293-5) where the authors present the average TAT for all histology tasks, 
as the result of a study by the NSH Task Force on Productivity.
The values are averages so maybe they will be useful for you.
In the case of repporting you will have to consider the TAT for description+processing+
slides preparation+diagnosis+special stain/procedures if required+transcription time,
although in this aspects we used to give a report over the telephone for urgent cases
pending on the final written (hard copy) report. Later we started to link our system with
that of the referring physicians and the pathologists themselves were able to e-mail
the results, always also pending of a written report. Our TAT averaged (from specimen reception to report of simple cases) from 16-19 hours for regular cases and 12-14 hours
for rushes.
Hope this will help you.
Rene J.

Nita Searcy  wrote:
Are there any benchmarks regarding TAT for surgical pathology reporting?

CAP requires that autopsy TAT and frozen section TAT be tracked but has
anyone studied surgicals?


Nita Searcy, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Scott and White Hospital
Division Manager, Anatomic Pathology
2401 S. 31st. Street 254-724-2438
Temple, Texas,76502

FN:Nita Searcy
ORG:;Anatomic Pathology
TITLE:Manager, Pathology Division

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