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APRIL
 
 

TISSUE PROCESSOR VALIDATION: A New Approach to An Old Process

Presenter: Lamar Jones, Carolinas Healthcare
April 17, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The automated tissue processor has been an integral part of the Histopathology laboratory virtually since its beginning in 1909. Many designs and tissue processing platforms to process quality tissue specimens have been manufactured to process all types of tissue specimens. There are two types of tissue processors: conventional and rapid. The tissue processing protocols have remained about the same until the last several years, since incorporating newer reagents, implementing standardization, work flow and precision into tissue processing. The tissue processor should be carefully selected, calibrated and validated before put into use. The existing tissue processor should be validated and maintained when tissue processing protocols are changed, modified and implemented. Tissue types and sizes should also be validated to include biopsies and larger tissue specimens. Specific service records, processing protocols, tissue processing reagents, standardization, tissue processor platforms, tissue size and other parameters will be discussed in this webinar.


MAY
 
 

Mohs Surgery Frozen Sectioning Techniques

Presenter: Alex Lutz, Got Mohs
May 15, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Mohs Surgery, developed by Frederic E. Mohs, M.D. in 1938, is a microscopically controlled surgery used to treat contiguous forms of skin cancer. In the United States, Mohs surgery has become the standard of care for the accurate removal of skin cancers with a cure rate of 97-98%.
Mohs surgery allows for complete margin control and assessment for the accurate removal of skin cancers. During the procedure "horizontal" frozen sectioning in conjunction with an orientative specimen map is used to microscopically detect cancerous cells, then orientate and further remove the cancer containing tissues from the surgical margins.
In this session, we will discuss the basic knowledge and techniques required for a Mohs tech or histotech to perform frozen sectioning for diagnosis/removal in Mohs surgery.

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JuNE
 
 

Sustaining Lean, Pursuing Stretch Goals, and Harnessing the Power of Business Intelligence (BI)

Presenter: Vince D'Mello
Administrative Director, Laboratory Medicine
Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital
June 5, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Well informed healthcare consumers are seeking bold innovations that improve quality, cost efficiencies and demonstrate value because of unprecedented growth in healthcare costs. Consumer expectations to deliver quality laboratory services with diminishing resources are a challenging issue confronting laboratories globally.  The solutions are innovative thinking, adoption of quality management systems and BI tools.
 
There are many complexities associated with defining quality and measuring the value that laboratory services provide with the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of diseases. Compounding the problem are annual increases in lab test volumes, an aging population with longer life expectancies, competing against declining reimbursement schemes, professional shortages and insufficient training programs to meet current recruitment demands. To help overcome these problems, progressive laboratories are utilizing Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, BI applications and strategic leadership to improve efficiencies and work processes that enhance patient care and safety. The outcome of engaging in such initiatives includes impressive results such as reduced patient waiting times, rapid return on investment (ROI), improved turn around times, reduced transactional costs, increased staff productivity and striking staff engagement and client satisfaction ratings.

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JuLY
 
 

Microtomy Full Circle

Presenter: Bill DeSalvo, Sonora Quest
July 17, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The use of a microtome seems simple and easy, but today, every Histotechnician and Histotechnologist is defined by their use and mastery of the microtome. What type of microtome is best suited for use in your workflow process? That depends upon the type of tissues cut, paraffin and blades used and so many more variables than most realize. Typically, the manual rotary microtome is the instrument of choice and often the newer and more automated instruments are overlooked and we shy away from them. The microtome should receive the same consideration as any other instrument in the lab and final selection must be one that creates process improvement. As we all know by now, Process Improvement is essential for improving quality, increasing productivity and reducing costs. The right Microtome is essential for creating a successful integration of optimized process work flow. There will be a review and discussion of existing instruments and variables to consider when striving to achieve the highest quality tissue section. Gain a new perspective on microtomes and microtomy; and create precision in your process. (William DeSalvo)

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AUGUST
 
 

Troubleshooting IHC

Presenter: Sheron Lear, HT(ASCP)HTL, QIHC
Supervisor Histology and IHC, CPA Lab, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY
August 14, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

In the age of automation, with many reagents and antibodies available as pre-dilutes or ready to use, and equipment that can accomplish all the tasks that had to be manually performed, IHC seems so simple. ‘Any one can do IHC’! But what happens when the results are not as you expected? What could be the problem? I followed all the directions! Where do I look for the answers? I do not remember reading this in the books! This webinar will cover many of the pre-analytic, analytic, and post analytic considerations that can have a negative effect on the quality of your IHC.

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SEPTEMBER
 
 

Optimization of Fixation & Processing in the 21st Century

Presenter: Herbert Skip Brown, M.Div, HT(ASCP), Lab Management Consultants
September 18, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

One of the most fundamentally critical elements of diagnostic histopathology is first the ability to suspend all cellular activity in tissue and prevent degradation, and secondly to process that specimen in a manner that facilitates subsequent steps such as microtomy and staining. The successful result of this is a microscopic image of cellular detail that most closely emulates the morphologic structure of disease as well as normal tissue. This session will discuss the basic principles of fixation and processing along with the various dynamics that are in play during the process. Students will learn about various fixatives, their primary components, and their optimal use; as well as talk about the histochemistry involved in tissue processing. They will also understand methods of troubleshooting and the cost associated with reprocessing tissue. The concept of ‘fluid transfer’ will be emphasized as a key factor attributing to the success of fixation and processing.

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OCTOBER
 
 

Cancer Overview: A Discussion of the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Technical Challenges of Breast Tissue Workups in the Histology Laboratory

Presenter: Vinnie della Speranza, Medical University of South Carolina
October 16, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The modern clinical histology laboratory is often under great pressure to provide a diagnosis on breast samples as quickly as possible. Unfortunately for the lab, breast samples pose particular challenges that make rapid turnaround even more difficult and today, prognosis and therapeutic decisions rest largely on information generated from the biopsy sample. Less than optimal handling could mislead the oncologist and prevent a patient from receiving treatments that might be beneficial. This talk will provide an overview of the technical challenges of ensuring that maximum diagnostic and prognostic information is achieved from the breast tissue sample and the current regulations for the handling of breast specimens will be reviewed along with available options for prognostic markers staining.

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NOVEMBER
 
 

DO YOU KNOW Digital Pathology, what is quality, do we agree and does it matter?

Presenter: Jesus Ellin, Yuma Regional Medical Center
November 13, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Quality is squarely in the national healthcare spotlight.  Everyone knows what quality is or do we.  Does quality mean the same thing to all anatomic pathology professionals?  Although their reports usually provide guidance in using their data, a mutually agreed upon definition of quality is difficult to find.  This is no truer when using digital pathology, and having to implement it within our current environments.  An understanding of the technology is essential, but also we need to ID quality issues.  This presentation is meant as an educational guide of the technology as well as show examples of how every day aspects of our process can affect digital capture.

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