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Lab management is essentially about handling each of the extremely various situations that arise, and can generally be achieved by:
- Common sense
- Gathering enough information before a decision
- Identifying what questions needs answering
- Asking proper expertise and/or looking up relevant information in proper sources (see learning pathology), which may include local protocols as well as policies of accrediting organizations of the department (which are generally more stringent than the national or regional laws).
(You may skip this question if you don't expect to ever be part of laboratory management in the US.)
You work in a pathology department in the United States, which is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Your local procedure manual states that non-forensic paraffin-embedded blocks must be retained for at least 10 years before being thrown away. In order to save storage space, one suggestion that gets brought up is to reduce the retention time to 5 years. You look up the issue, and find that the U.S. law (the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments; CLIA) states that such blocks must be retained for at least 2 years. Is it acceptable to finish the look-up here, and agree to reduce the retention time of non-forensic paraffin-embedded blocks to 5 years in this department?
- . 42 CFR § 493.1105 - Standard: Retention requirements.. Cornell Law School. [68 FR 3703, Jan. 24, 2003; 68 FR 50723, Aug. 22, 2003]
- . CAP Policy Manual - Policy PP. Minimum Period of Retention of Laboratory Records and Materials. CAP.org. Adopted August 1995. Revised September 2020