RE: [Histonet] Floater sources

From:Patricia Adams

I agree with that!  It seems that sometimes that
the need to "write" someone up is the main focus
of managers.  If they keep that up there will no
longer be histotechs to work in hospital
None of us wish to make a mistake and cause a
patient a wrong diagnosis.  But when I started
the Pathologist was more willing to work with us
and try to find where the "floater" came from.
And to fix the problem. 
Sometimes tissue just blows up on the water bath.
  And always being in such a hurry to get the
slides out earlier and earlier, we might try to
work around the junk in the water bath that we
can not skim off with a kimwipe.  We should just
dump the water and again wait for the temp to
adjust.  But the same people who wish to place
blame are also the ones to push us to work
Sorry, just a burr under my saddle!
--- Bernice Frederick

> Because histotechs always get the blame!!!!!!
> Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
> Northwestern University
> Pathology Core Facility
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> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> On Behalf Of Michelle
> McCoy
> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2007 12:57 AM
> To:
> Subject: [Histonet] Floater sources
> I was reading some of the old archived messages
> on floaters, and being
> somewhat new to the field of histotechnology
> was curious about how floaters
> can be attributed to a particular tech who
> performed work on the block. For
> example, couldn't other sources of
> contamination be from the automatic
> stainer, processor carryover (cassette not
> completely closed/or if closed,
> friable tissue through the slats eg if sponge
> not used on larger specimen).
> In some previous labs I've worked in- floaters
> were quickly attributed to
> the cutter, embedder or grosser and might
> result in a "write up". If the
> floater is seen in the block how can you
> differentiate if it came from the
> grosser carryover/embedder carryover/processing
> carryover/unsigned
> re-embedder/or even possibly even client carry
> over between patients or
> different specimen types of the same patient.
> And if it is not in the block --differentiating
> between the cutter/automatic
> stainer (I've seen specks of tissue debris in
> automatic stainers/ sections
> falling off the slides and into the reagents
> etc). Obviously all should be
> done to minimize the factors, but I'm just not
> clear how a single source is
> pinpointed and potentially blamed for the event
> (depending on the lab
> policy). Thanks for any ideas on this.
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