## RE: [Histonet] Thanks for info on H&E cost per slide

I even figure in the cost of mounting media, slides and coverslips
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From: Cazares, Ruth [mailto:RCazares@schosp.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2004 10:36 AM
To: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Thanks for info on H&E cost per slide
Thank you all for your information. What was being asked of me was
specifically was reagent cost and tech labor. This is what I did:
I figured out how much alcohol, xylene, hematoxylin, eosin and clear-rite
was used every week for H&E staining, translated that into dollars per week.
Then I divided the total number of slides for the month by 4 weeks, (some
weeks are slower than others, that's why I used the monthly total divided by
4 weeks).
I then divided the reagent cost (weekly) by the number of slides (weekly),
and this gave me a per slide total.
To figure out the tech labor, I figured out how many actual hours are spent
producing H&E slides per week and divided the weekly slide total by this.
Then I took this total (slides per hour ) and then I divided the tech
average salary per hour by the slides per hour and this gave me a per slide
cost of tech labor. I'm sure there must be an easier way but this worked
for me and I now have a nice chart in EXCEL showing all the numbers for
future reference. If anyone sees a flaw in the way I did this please don't
hesitate to let me know.
Ruth Cazares
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