APPIA Tops Program: Optimize Patient Outcomes by Improving PreAnalytics

Recorded On: 06/23/2021

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Targeted specifically for professional laboratory personnel including Histotechnologists and Medical Technologists, this video is an introduction to the Tissue Optimization and Pre-analytic Standardization (TOPS) program developed by the Anatomical Pathology Patient Interest Association (APPIA). Narrated by Robert Lott, HTL(ASCP), who is a frequent speaker and educator at both national and regional National Society for Histotechnology meetings and one of the collaborative authors of the complete APPIA TOPS Program, the video reviews what the histology and pathology laboratory can do to optimize tissue preservation and quality in clinical practice. It includes a review of “journey” of the tissue specimen from the patient to diagnosis including a review of the types of tests performed on a specimen. More importantly, the video provides an understanding of the impact of pre-analytic factors and variables and describes best practices and tools that laboratories can implement to optimize tissue preservation diagnostic quality.

CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

Robert Lott, HTL(ASCP)


Roche Tissue Diagnostics/Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Robert L. Lott, BS, HTL(ASCP) is the External Quality Assessment Manager at Roche Tissue Diagnostics/Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. in Tucson, AZ. Mr. Lott graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors degree in biology, completed his clinical training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and held various positions there for more than 20 years including Manager of Anatomic Pathology. He has been actively involved in the Alabama Society for Histotechnology and in 2002 received the Presidents Award for Excellence, Professionalism and Knowledge. He served as the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) appointee to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Board of Directors. In addition, he served on the Histotechnology Examination Committee of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) from 1993 to 1998, chaired that committee from 1996 through 1998 and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC). Mr. Lott has a special interest in histology education/certification and in that regard has presented numerous workshops at the local, state and national levels. He is a current adjunct faculty member for the Histotechnology Training Program at Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD and has served as an on-line mentor for students enrolled in that program for the last 15 years. He is a long time member of the Education Committee of NSH and worked extensively on the update and revision of the on-line Self-Assessment Series. Mr. Lott served as a NSH appointee to the NSH/CAP Histotechnology Committee, which administers the HistoQIP program at the College of American Pathologists, from 2005 thru 2011 and was re-appointed to that committee in 2013. Mr. Lott was named the 2010 NSH Histotechnologist of the Year.


Optimize Patient Outcomes by Improving Pre-Analytics
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Objectives: Understand pre-analytic factors * Outline the process of tissue fixation * Understand how poor fixation leads to poor tissue quality that can impact diagnosis and treatment decisions * Describe best practices to optimize tissue preservation and quality * Provide tools to facilitate practical implementation of best practices
Final Exam
20 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  14/20 points to pass
20 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  14/20 points to pass This is the exam for the APPIA Tops Program course Optimize Patient Outcomes by Improving PreAnalytics. On the following pages, you will find an exam based on the material contained within the webinar. Please answer each question. Your progress through the exam will be bookmarked, so you can continue from the last question you answered at a later date. To pass you must receive a 70% or greater. You have a maximum of 3 attempts. Once you have successfully passed the exam you will be able to complete the course survey and print your CEU Certificate. CEU hours will also be added to your CE Tracker transcript at
On Demand Webinar Survey
2 Questions
2 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your CEU certificate.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available