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What do Fixation Times and Arachnids Have in Common?

What do fixation times and arachnids have in common? They are both topics for the 2019 NSH Laboratory Webinar Series! Every year, NSH offers a Laboratory Webinar Series, a 12-month, 12-webinar series featuring a variety of histology topics. This year’s program contains a wealth of information, covering everything from sustainable histology, to CAP regulations, to IHC protocol, to a unique session by Damien Laudier on arachnids in histology.


Take a look at this year’s program:

Navigating the Regulatory Environment, Presented by: Traci DeGeer, BS, HT(ASCP)HTL

In the everchanging specialties of immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics, it has become increasingly important to understand the regulatory implications of the assays we bring into the laboratory. This presentation will introduce the different regulatory bodies under which a laboratory can be set up depending on its work and the structure it is set up in. Examples of regulatory bodies to be discussed are CAP, CLIA, GLP, etc.


Developing a Compliance Driven Competency Assessment Program, Presented by H. Skip Brown, M.Div

This session will review the individual requirements for compliance within the CAP guidelines, and discuss how to develop an annual program for competency assessment as well as training. Participants will learn how to determine all areas of interaction between histotechnologist and patient specimen such as accessioning, core histology, and special procedures; then create a program specific to not only basic histology competency, but also the methods and procedures specific to your laboratory. We will also cover how to use this type of annual assessment to develop a SWOT analysis to identify the overall strengths and liabilities of your staff.


A Green Approach to Histology, Presented by, Robin Fitzl, BS, HT(ASCP)

This webinar will discuss, and help participants better understand, local waste regulations and their financial impacts, to identify solutions. It will also examine sustainable practices at sites across the country to realize and recreate renewable opportunities. Lastly, participants will be provided an overview of chemicals and disposables in Histology and understand the resulting environmental impact.


Real-Time Telepathology: The Intraoperative Future, Presented by Reid Miller

We will discuss how real-time telepathology is used to dramatically improve pathology operations in a busy pathology laboratory; this will include looking at system requirements, training, validation and implementation. We will also spend a little time discussing common issues, possibilities for growth and look at how the implementation of real-time telepathology brings diagnostic care to remote areas.


An OSHA Inspection in the Histology Lab, Presented by Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP) SLS CQA(ASCP)

Do you know why OSHA would come to your lab? Do you know how to respond to an OSHA complaint or allegation? How are fines determined? Discover steps to take to error-proof your lab and eliminate common OSHA safety violations. Learn how to navigate the steps to preparing your Histology lab for an OSHA visit and how to properly respond when it actually happens.


The Generation and Use of Carrier-Based Multi-Tissue-Blocks (CBMTBs) for IHC Applications, Presented by Achim Jungbluth, MD, PhD and Denise Frosina, MT

Paraffin blocks containing several tissues have become a major tool in surgical pathology. As multi-tissue blocks, they usually consist of few rather large samples and as tissue micro-arrays they may contain up to several hundred small sized tissue cores. This webinar will discuss a novel approach using carrier-based multi-tissue blocks (CBMTBs) to generate multi-tissue blocks employing tissue as a carrier in which tissue cores are inserted. The webinar will cover the application of CBMTMs and its benefits.


Working with Arachnids in Histology, Presented by Damien Laudier, BS

Arachnids are a highly diverse group of invertebrates that include: spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites and harvestmen. With complicated and esoteric morphology, arachnids can be exceptionally challenging to work with in histology. The webinar will introduce attendees to the basics of arachnid morphology and will provide an overview of best practices for histology processing, including performing tinctorial stains and immunohistochemical assays on arachnid tissue. If you struggle with “histological arachnophobia” (or think you might), this webinar intends to put those fears to rest.


The Basics of Lean Production, Presented by Sabra Powell, BS, HT (ASCP) and June Reed, BS, HT (ASCP)

Lean Production is an approach to management that focuses on reducing waste while ensuring quality and productivity. Based on the Toyota Production System (TPS) first created in Japan, it means doing more with less – less time, less space, less human effort, less machinery, less materials – all while giving the customers what they want. This webinar will give an overview of the structure and tools of the Lean Production System including topics such as the 8 kinds of waste, the 5s system, the elements of standardized work, the Kanban system, the Kaizen activity, and more!


Kappa, Lambda and Other Problem IHCs, Presented by Kelly A. Pilcher, HT(ASCP)

IHC staining and standardization in the IHC laboratory is dependent on proper fixation time and the type of fixation used in the histology laboratory. Many antibodies can be difficult to work up in the IHC laboratory if the fixation is not standardized and with the more difficult antibodies it is almost impossible to guarantee a standardized result. Microsatellite markers, Kappa Lambda and ER PR prognostic markers are just a few on the list of problematic participants.


Histopathology and the CSI Effect, Presented by Phoebe J. Homes, MD

This webinar will discuss the history of forensic science and how it relates to the autopsy. We will also discuss the role of the autopsy in pop culture. Lastly, we will analyze the role of popular culture in the American legal and death investigation system.


Fixation Times and Common IHC Markers, Presented by Clare Thornton, HTL(ASCP)QIHC

Pre-analytic factors (such as fixation and processing) can have extreme effects on the ability to successfully unmask epitopes for common IHC markers. We will review the literature on what these pre-analytic factors are, and how they affect staining in IHC.


Documenting your Immunohistochemical Stain (IHC) Protocol Development and Validation, Presented by Elizabeth Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC

This webinar will review the process of IHC protocol development and validation, with a focus on how to record and document the steps a laboratory will take when developing a new IHC protocol or testing new lots of antisera from an already validated protocol. In addition, a discussion on how whole slide imaging (WSI) can be utilized to help improve and add value to this process will be addressed.


Purchasing the series for your lab means everyone in your lab can attend the sessions (and get the continuing education credit, 12 CEUs) for one flat rate. Sessions are also available for individual purchase. Register now!

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