1750 Histology: Review and Update
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 6.5 CMLE Credits

Diane L. Sterchi, MSM, HTL(ASCP)

Your knowledge and skills in fixing and processing tissue samples are crucial for the correct diagnosis and the best quality patient care. Stay up-to-date in this information-filled workshop! Topics will include pertinent information on techniques in the areas of fixation, processing, and decalcification. You’ll hear a reality-based presentation on the new chemicals on the market—their formulations, what you can really expect from them, how they will affect tissue, and how to best use them. You’ll gain tips and strategies for prompt recognition and resolutions of problem situations.  And, you’ll have a chance to review cases and discuss your own technical issues. Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh your histology knowledge and gain the latest information you need to guide your laboratory team in tissue handling improvements!

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

“I benefitted from the troubleshooting information.”


7422   GramStainology: Gaining Proficiency in Diagnostic Interpretation and Results Reporting

8:30am – 4:30pm   6.5 CMLE Credits

Linda Zuchowski, MT(ASCP)SM
Microbiology Manager, Quest Diagnostics Laboratory, Lenexa, KS, St. Louis, MO, and Denver, CO

Are you a generalist required to read gram stain smears on alternate shifts? Or someone who wants to improve your expertise in this critical area of laboratory medicine? If so, this workshop is perfect for you! This workshop is designed for generalists required to read gram stain smears or anyone who wants to improve their expertise in this critical area of laboratory medicine. Quality gram stain results depend on quality specimens and, especially, technical expertise. You will be amazed at the significant role that gram stain reports play in determining the extent of the culture workup. Plus, by providing accurate, consistent gram stain results, you can contribute to improved and more cost-efficient patient care by preventing the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Topics will include specimen collection, quality smear preparation (tips and limitations), correcting poor smear quality, characterization of host cells and bacteria, case studies, slide practicals, and more.

Following this workshop, you will be able to: 

“I gained more confidence and will put more detail in the gram stain report!”

9015 Improving Quality: QC is More than Statistics!
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 6.5 CMLE Credits

Sharon L. Ehrmeyer, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Director, MT/CLS Program; Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Are you a new supervisor or manager faced with developing or rejuvenating your laboratory’s QC program? Are you wondering which QC rule to select to meet quality goals and regulatory requirements, how to fit method validation data into quality needs and QC rule selection, how to interpret and respond to QC data including out-of-control situations, and how to fit all this information into a total quality assessment process to better ensure quality test results? Are you wondering what risk management and EQC are all about? This interactive workshop will provide you with information and tools to understand the important elements of an effective QC program and to transform your current practices into valuable resources for ensuring quality test results. In addition, you’ll gain an overview of risk management and EQC. Audience participation, case studies, and exercises will reinforce the information presented. 

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

“Understanding QC better and its appropriate use. Finally, a clear explanation of Westgard rules and how to apply them.”