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MARCH
 
 

Predictable Performance in Histology; Is it Predictable?

Presenter: Bill DeSalvo, HTL(ASCP)
March 19, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

This webinar will address the trend in the histology laboratory to assess personnel reliability, in particular the pressure to treat human error analysis in the same manner as hardware component analysis. Traditionally, histology focuses on human error, but should we be broadening our focus to consider human adaptability to automation as the key feature for continuous improvement? The concept of a human task expanded to embrace automation as the acceptable work scenario creates the need to think differently about our profession and how we will adapt. The webinar will explore the concept of high-reliability performance and address emphasis being placed on the development and adoption of proactive automated work-task practices. Four areas of concentration will be discussed:  Assessment Methods; Cognitive Reliability Analysis; Quantitative vs Qualitative Analytical Methods; Cost Effectiveness Analysis. Clinical Histology is evolving; do you know how to adapt? (Bill DeSalvo, HTL(ASCP))



APRIL
 
 

Labeling and Tracking: How Important Are They?

Presenter: Lamar Jones, HT/HTL(ASCP)
April 16, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Specimen mislabeling in the histopathology laboratory presents serious issues in providing accurate diagnosis and proper patient care. Risk management, legal actions, and expensive out-of-court settlements also present problems. It is a major task to be sure that all tissue specimens are labeled correctly and successfully tracked. The need to implement barcode and tracking in histopathology laboratories continues to develop and transition. Patient safety plays a vital role and continues to be a primary focus in healthcare. Barcode and tracking can streamline the workflow process and reduce errors. One of the important factors in making the barcode and tracking technology effective is the integration with the LIS system. The system selection and the barcode technology should be studied prior to implementation. Each step of the histopathology laboratory is affected by barcode and tracking and, once implemented, can provide reduction of errors and more efficient workflow processes. (M. Lamar Jones, HT/HTL(ASCP))

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MAY
 
 

Identification of Infectious Diseases by Immunohistochemistry

Presenter: Jim Burchette, HT(ASCP)
May 14, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The use of immunohistochemistry for identification of infectious diseases is a very important role in diagnostic clinical pathology. Oftentimes, results obtained with IHC testing give a definitive diagnosis, especially in patients with compromised immune systems such as transplant patients where the preoperative diagnosis is rejection versus viral infection. This is a major contribution to patient care with regards to medication and treatment. Routinely used antibodies for identification of infectious entities will be reviewed during this presentation. Digital IHC images will be shown with histologic descriptions of immunoreactivity and staining patterns. Technical comments regarding available polyclonal antibodies and monoclonal antibody clones and pretreatment methodologies are required for these diagnostic reagents. (Jim Burchette, HT(ASCP))

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JUNE
 
 

Implementing Barcoding in Pathology

Presenter: Tim Morken, BA, HTL(ASCP)
June 18, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Barcoding specimen and materials tracking in pathology has been convincingly proven to improve patient safety by avoiding common mislabeling mistakes. Barcoding also allows precise tracking of all materials and measurement of workflow down to the minute, which can help you manage the work much more effectively. You want to do it but don't know where to start or what it involves. This presentation reviews the entire process from the initial decision to implement barcoding to choosing a vendor, scoping out the project, determining timelines, determining budget, writing a proposal, working with the vendor, and implementing the project. Special emphasis is given to what needs to be done to improve operations before the project starts, interfacing with staining instruments and staff training. The lessons from this presentation are vendor-agnostic and can be applied to any system. (Tim Morken, BA, HTL(ASCP))

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JULY
 
 

Optimization of Microtomy: Past, Present, & the 21st Century

Presenter: Herbert "Skip" Brown, HT(ASCP)
July 16, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The increasing demands from pathologists for visualization of thin, high-resolution tissue specimens has taken the art of sectioning to an understanding of the science of microtomy. This has caused histologists to develop a unique micro-technique to ensure optimization and quality. This webinar is designed to give the attendee a comprehensive look at microtomy and micro-technique of sectioning. Within this session, viewers will see the historical evolution of microtomy from its inception as an invaluable tool in the anatomic pathology in the days of Robert Hooke to the present-day advances in micro-technique as well as instrumentation. Basic pro-active troubleshooting will be discussed along with re-active problem-solving methods. Special emphasis will be placed on new and innovative advances in methods and equipment, and upcoming concepts of the future. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a complete understanding of all essential elements of establishing and maintaining quality microtomy and be able to provide basic microtomy instruction to new technologists. (Herbert "Skip" Brown, HT(ASCP))

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AUGUST
 
 

A "How To" Guide for Histology Professionals

Presenter: Tim Webster, HT(ASCP), CM
August 14, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

If Darwin was right about the animal kingdom, can the same theory of evolution be applied to the histology laboratory? We are increasingly asked to do more, with less, and if our departments don't evolve, how can we remain competitive in an ever-changing healthcare environment? We must continually and critically evaluate what we do, and how and why we do it, or risk being left behind in our profession's evolutionary wake. Understanding and adopting Process Improvement (P.I.) methodology allows us to initiate and design modifications needed to grow and thrive in tomorrow's economy. However, the problem is that few of us have experience or training in P.I. How does it work? Where do I start? How do I do it successfully? This webinar covers various aspects of P.I. methodology, including opportunity identification, implementation, and measuring and evaluating outcomes. Since effective written communication is an integral part of P.I., we will address composing opportunity statements and outcome reporting—or "How to ask for what you want, and get what you asked for!" The evolutionary process our laboratories are going through is not optional, and embarking upon a series of improvements is a prerequisite in today's environment. This webinar provides an understanding of, and real-world tools for, your own adventures in P.I. (Tim Webster, HT(ASCP), CM)

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SEPTEMBER
 
 

The Perfect H&E: Fact or Fiction

Presenter: Carolyn Doan, HT(ASCP)
September 24, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Uncover the basic chemistry of how and why the H&E stain "should" work. Explore what can go wrong and understand corrective options. Learn the secrets to produce, sustain and reproduce superior quality H&E-stained slides in your lab. (Carolyn Doan, HT(ASCP))

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OCTOBER
 
 

Neuropathology Kaleidoscope

Presenter: Lamar Jones, BS, HT/HTL(ASCP), CM
October 22, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The central nervous system (CNS) contains a great deal of secrets that can be revealed by the use of special stains and immunohistochemical (IHC) assays. Molecular assays are also instrumental in the diagnosis of some CNS diseases. Prions often are responsible for some neurodegenerative diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Other diseases such as Alzheimer's will be discussed. Specimen handling, dissection, fixation, microtomy, and safety of these diseases as well as detection will be discussed in this webinar. The use of special stains and IHC along with examples of case studies will be presented. Just as the kaleidoscope transforms light into a spectrum of colors and designs, the special stains and IHC expressions will transform the CNS into an array of color and patterns for diagnosis. (Lamar Jones, BS, HT/HTL(ASCP), CM)

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NOVEMBER
 
 

The Crunch Is On: Clinical Bone Marrow Biopsies

Presenter: Pamela Marcum, HT(ASCP), BS, MS
November 19, 2015
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

We have a situation at UAMS of needing to process clinical bone marrows for our Multiple Myeloma Center within 24 hours. WOW! We only have a limited time to fix, decal, and process for sectioning and they must be ready to be read by 7AM the next day. We have problems and we have solved many of them. However, we still need to have bone marrows we can section and that can be recut for kappa/lambda/or other IHC reactions. We still have days when no one is happy. We will discuss how we do it and have an open discussion of why this short time is needed and what others are doing. Let's face it—decalcification is a real issue for bone marrows and IHC, not to mention the rest of the specimens we are expected to successfully decal and cut like butter. (Pamela Marcum, HT(ASCP), BS, MS)

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