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Management Resources help with tasks such as budgeting, scheduling, lab safety, competency assessment and ensuring your lab meets quality standards; all of which are important for running an efficient and successful laboratory.

  • Express Talk: Electrical Safety in the Laboratory
    This presentation will proved an overview of electrical safety in the laboratory and its associated hazards. We will discuss proper grounding and bonding, circuit protection, laboratory grade refrigerators, Lockout/Tagout and other procedures based on the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), National Electrical Code (NEC) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations. Additional procedures will be discussed to aid in the event of a power loss event and how to deal with a worker who may be exposed to an electrical hazard. Presented by Donna Chuddley
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  • Express Talk: Introduction to the Anatomic Pathology Patient Interest Association (APPIA) TOPS Program - Tissue Optimization & Pre-Analytic Standardization
    The Anatomic Pathology Patient Interest Association (APPIA) is a not for profit organization focused on advancing patient safety, quality, standards, and accessibility of care in anatomic pathology. The organization exists to provide networking, advocacy, and educational support for its members and other stakeholders. It is composed primarily by members of industry, Agilent Technologies (Dako), Leica Biosystems, Roche Tissue Diagnostics (Ventana), and Sakura Finetek USA. Each company has representatives on the APPIA Board. One of its educational initiatives has been the development of an anatomic pathology 'preanalytic' resource. It's called the TOPS program, the "Tissue Optimization and Preanalytic Standardization Program". It is an incredible resource designed for a broad audience with information for surgeons, OR and oncology nurses, laboratory personnel, and patient advocacy groups. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the TOPS program, discuss the content of the program and highlight why proper pre-analytic considerations throughout the journey of the issue specimen are essential in making a definitive diagnosis. Also, to describe best practices for optimizing tissue preservation and to provide tools to facilitate practical implementation of best practices. Presented by Robert Lott
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  • Express Talk: Safety Fundamentals: Grossing Blades, Microtome Blades and General Lab Do’s and Don'ts
    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the basic safety fundamentals of three topics 1) grossing blade handling, 2) microtome blade handling, and 3) general lab do's and don'ts of how to keep safe. For grossing blade safety, attendees will learn of proper grossing blade handling, disposal and blade storage to prevent injury to themselves or others. For microtome blade safety, attendees will learn the fundamentals of proper microtome blade installation, handling, and disposal to prevent injury to themselves or others. And lastly, for general lab safety, attendees will learn ten do's and don'ts related to general safety in a laboratory environment. Often these behaviors are overlooked but can pose serious safety hazards to themselves or others. Presented by Matt Bancroft
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  • Poster Podcast (2016): P-17 Pregnancy in the Histology Laboratory- A Review of Safety Considerations
    Katelin Tellechea The purpose of this study is to review published articles, regulatory recommendations, and anecdotal evidence with the intention of providing a complete education for safety in the Histology Laboratory while pregnant. It shall encourage labs to provide their technicians with protocols or direct access to the information regarding the manner in which pregnancy alters their work environment. When a Histotechnologist intends on working throughout her pregnancy, what kinds of changes does she need to make in the lab? Are there different regulations and permissible exposure limits for the duration of her pregnancy? Do personal protective equipment requirements change? Do supervisors and physicians have ready access to regulations and recommendations to ensure they are providing the safest environment for their pregnant workers? This study aims to provide a comprehensive evaluation of these concerns to ensure proper modifications are implemented regarding the safety of a pregnant worker in the Histology Laboratory. From The Oregon Clinic Gastroenterology Contact: ktellechea@orclinic.com
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  • Preparing a Quality Management Plan for the Histopathology Laboratory Webinar
    Developing and executing a well-designed quality plan for the histology laboratory is essential in today’s health care market. Due to more stringent regulatory oversight and the high cost of re-work, labs can no longer procrastinate starting a Quality Management plan. Once established the plans must be continually monitored and revised as to not become stagnant or simply busy work. In this webinar we will explore how to establish a quality plan and how to keep it meaningful and alive to meet the needs of today’s managed health environment.
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