ASH Q1 2017 meeting

8:00am-11:30am, Robert Lott & Tanya Ewing-Finchem

Preanalytic Variation and Its Impact on Routine and Advanced Staining Techniques, 3 CEUs

As laboratories continue to perform and compete for business, and as new advances are made in the histology field and advanced staining, College of American Pathology (CAP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will continue to require more and more standardization. Are you and your lab ready for all these Changes? Lets take a look at your processes and how standardization could change those in the future. In this session we'll discuss the top sources of variation in pre-analytical processes and improvements to work toward standardization. These areas will include Collection and Handling, Fixation, Tissue Processing, Post Processing Actions (Embedding, Microtomy, slide drying, Storage of cut slides and paraffin blocks). The areas and changes to them will affect the testing that follows, i.e. H&E, Special Stains, IHC and ISH. Participants will be engaged in the discussion and receive information on the latest attempts to bring standardization to Anatomic Pathology.

Lunch and Social 11:30am-1:00pm courtesy of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

1:00pm-2:30pm, Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, MBA, HTL(ASCP)CM

Surgical Pathology Dissection, A HistoTechs guide to Grossing (Live Web Presentation), 1 CEU

The gross room is where specimens are accessioned into the histology laboratory, and the role of the histotechnician in this process is critical for the macroscopic analysis of tissues. Traditionally the work involved accessioning specimens into the LIS system, cassette preparation, ordering specimens, stocking, and clean-up. More and more these roles are expanding, with some hospitals employing histotechnologists for the gross analysis and preparation of specimens for histology. This webinar will review the fundamentals of gross dissection such as orientation, dissection, marking, description, and sampling. We will also examine the role of the pathologist, pathology assistant, and histotechnologist in this evolving area of the laboratory. Safety concerns in the gross room will be discussed, as well as requisitions, considerations for different tissue types, and the purpose of a slide index.

Courtesy of Sakura Finetek

3:00pm-4:30pm, John Frazier

Lean Six Sigma Workshop, 1 CEU

See the lab through the eyes of a lean expert addressing anatomic pathology challenges, change management, case studies and opportunities to lean your lab.