RE: CAP checklist questions

From:"Nocito, Joseph" <>

as I understand the questions, "Are processing temp monitored"  This would
include the paraffin temp on your tissue processor and embedder.  We also
monitor the temps when before we perform a HIER method, i.e, we check the
temp of our solutions that are in the steamer.  We places our slides in a 95
degree solution.  Our daily records include a QC sheet that has the date,
the tech who performed the immunos, the accession number, antibodies
performed, how the control worked (if it did), how the patient, the
pathologist's initials, and any comments - to include corrective actions,
i.e. "tissue floated off the slide, being repeated", "the positive control
was weak".
Hope this helps.  

Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
San Antonio, Texas 

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Amy Self []
> Sent:	Sunday, October 08, 2000 5:12 PM
> To:	''
> Subject:	CAP checklist questions
> 	Histonetters,
> 		I am having trouble with a couple of questions on the CAP
> checklist in the immunohistochemistry part of the questionnaire.  The
> first
> one is - Are tissue processing temp. defined and monitored?  and the
> second
> one is - Are daily records maintained of the quality of
> immunohistochemical
> preparations?  Could someone please explain these questions to me. I read
> the checklist commentaries on these questions and they just weren't any
> help
> at all.  This is all new to me and I am having some trouble with trying to
> get this IHC procedure manual written.  Thanks!
> 							Amy  

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