Friday and You

Fridays can be a bad day to have a biopsy taken. To explain why, I’ll give you the following, a phone call that came in to my lab on a Friday afternoon. To understand this call, I work in a large lab that receives specimens from other hospitals and the call is about a biopsy the…… Continue reading Friday and You

Foreign Bodies

Body parts, as well as things that shouldn’t be in the body, get sent to the Histology Lab. At one of my first positions as a tech, I saw a McDonald’s coffee cup that had been pulled from a person’s colon. It was filled with cement and shoved up there and got stuck.   At that time, I…… Continue reading Foreign Bodies

Lost Again

They lost another patient’s specimen today. I noticed the supervisor, assistant supervisor, lead tech, and two of my fellow techs searching under every piece of equipment, desk, and through all the garbage. They came around to each of us who were cutting to see if the lost block was among our blocks. Maybe it was…… Continue reading Lost Again

Where to go for Care

Care varies with the size of the institution. As a patient, this information can be important in choosing a hospital. In my experience, there is a direct relationship between the degree of expertise of a lab, pathologist, or surgeon based on the size/type of the hospital. Local Community Hospital A local community hospital does not usually…… Continue reading Where to go for Care

Fast Work in the Histology Lab

Karen is going on maternity leave and that is met with sorrow. It’s not that she is so fantastic to work with. She is nice and she tells funny stories, but the thing everyone loves is how fast she can cut blocks. Cut blocks. Maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about. If you have…… Continue reading Fast Work in the Histology Lab

Special Staining on Your Biopsies, Waste, Teaching, and CYA

This week I am working in the special stains area of Histology. That is where we stain your biopsy, a slide made from your biopsy actually, and add colors to it so pathologists can see things better. Every biopsy has an H+E done on it. That is a pink and blue stain. Here is an…… Continue reading Special Staining on Your Biopsies, Waste, Teaching, and CYA