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    senior technologist hemo/coag

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  1. nziegler

    References for Joint Commission

    I have not heard of this 5 year requirement. Can you cite the exact standard??
  2. nziegler

    Analyzer Printouts

    Joint Commission Standard DC.02.04.01 Element of Performance 5 note: Retained records may be paper or electronic. Electronic systems must be able to retrieve all information printed on the original hard copy generated at the time of testing in order to be considered satisfactory for compliance. So, it can easily be argued that the LIS serves as that electronic record. But for something that doesn't have an actual computer workstation as part of the system, we play it safe and keep the tapes (plus NYS just has crazy strict interpretations of regulations). Luckily, the tapes don't take up much space.
  3. nziegler

    Analyzer Printouts

    You must be able to retrieve original instrument data for at least 2 years. For something like a small Clinitek, the result tape is the only thing you would have to prove what the instrument originally gave - as results can be modified once they cross the interface. Most bigger analyzers have a way to store patient data electronically.
  4. nziegler

    Criteria for Pathology Review

    We have an actual form the techs need to fill out that includes the criteria set by our hematopathologist. I've (hopefully) attached it here.... SMEAR REQUEST FORM.docx
  5. nziegler

    Body Fluid Differential

    I agree with Scott - even in hyper-regulated NYS there is no requirement for differential "QC", just stain quality as already mentioned. (But we do have to start doing UA microscopic QC ... ) Nicole
  6. nziegler

    IL liquid Coag reagents

    Scott - we switched to BioRad DDimer QC. Mainly because in NYS we have to have a control above and below any "cutoff" values and IL does not have one. Stability was an added bonus.
  7. nziegler

    IL liquid Coag reagents

    IL's liquid reagents are excellent! I just switched to the liquid Readiplastin about 4 months ago and have not had any problems. Same goes for their heparin Xa reagent. I've been using that for over 5 years and it is the most stable reagent I've seen. It is rare that I have to re-calibrate prior to the 6 month or new lot requirement. They had trouble with their liquid DDimer reagent a while back, but I haven't had any issues since they were resolved.
  8. that spreadsheet looks great! I'm definitely going to give it a try. the only thing I see that I don't like is that it seems to use the manual count as the "reference" method to do the math... with today's technology, I would consider the automated count more accurate than manual (obviously excluding leukemic/dysplastic scenarios)
  9. nziegler

    Manual platelet counts

    do NOT let my NICU know that!!
  10. nziegler

    IL HIT test

    It's super easy to use, just like anything on the TOP. Liquid reagents, no reconstitution. the controls are lyophilized, though. I don't remember much about on-board stability, but the package insert is available on their website. I believe we plan on offering the test on-demand and then putting the reagent back in the fridge after each patient. Each set of reagents give you roughly 24 tests, and there's 2 sets per box. I can't wait to get it - just for improved TAT. Currently physicians have to wait 2-5 days to get the result from Quest.
  11. nziegler

    Midas II stainer

    i have the midas III stainer and the same problem. MarketLab sells these labels that magically dissolve in water when you clean the vessels: product 9744 "soluble MSDS reagent label" it's a roll of 250. I hate the amount of maintenance on the Midas - I used to have Hemateks. but I got it for free, so I can't really complain
  12. nziegler

    Manual platelet counts

    Curious to know how you're doing them - the unopette was discontinued years ago. We do not perform them (despite doctor's best efforts to demand them).
  13. nziegler

    Automated body fluid q.c.

    Beckman makes specific body fluid controls that get run in body fluid mode, and you should be running those if you are reporting body fluids from the DxH. As Scott mentioned, the linearity isn't very useful for most of our fluids (we can usually report the TNC, but need to perform a manual RBC). I'd like to move them to our Iris.
  14. nziegler

    CBC's on Lipemic Patients

    By performing the saline replacement, there are no calculations necessary. All parameters can be used as reported by the instrument. The WBC, RBC, and platelet counts can be checked against the original to make sure you didn't over or under-replace too much plasma. Our lab used to have a policy allowing for both methods. We discovered we were getting the exact same results with the saline replacement and got rid of the messy math.
  15. nziegler

    Beckman DxH

    we just renewed our contract with Beckman and replaced three overworked DxH's with brand new ones. our setup is all three connected in a line with the SMS at the end (and by the end of the year connected to the Power Express). Honestly, the only other system I would even consider switching to (based on comments read on numerous other forums) is the Sysmex XN. You have a tough choice there. If your facility is anything like mine, the finance department will make the final call. You'll have a choice of creating a connected line with both Sysmex and Beckman. Scott mentioned the connection doesn't work well for his lab - and I find that true for the other labs in our health system. For my lab, it works great. The SMS has pros and cons. LOTS of maintenance. We run a Wright-Giemsa stain, and the lines that handle the stain-buffer mix have developed what I have diagnosed as "coronary artery disease". That mix gets swampy and gross and clogs things up. They finally made a modification that makes flushing with methanol easier, but it is time consuming (45 minutes). BUT the slides are awesome! In my opinion, if you're looking for a system with a slidemaker stainer, I would lean toward Sysmex.

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