Oops my mistake. I understand that stains themselves can't have internal controls. I meant to say that I was under the impression that the tissue had an internal control. In other words I thought that the nuclei stained blue in addition to the H. pylori organism. Therefore, the nuclei served as an internal control.
We've been running this stain without a control tissue for quite some time. We've never been cited on a CAP inspection for lack of a control which is why I was curious what other people were doing. One of our pathologists was concerned. Thanks for the advise.
Schaundra Walton BS HTL(ASCP)
Swedish American Hospital
1401 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61104
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