Membership: Hotline

Hotline

As an OSMT member, you receive access to our "HOTLINE" connection to resource members who can help you to resolve on-the-job technical problems.  All hotline questions will be posted on this site with the invitation for members to respond by e-mail.  All answers will be posted on the web as well as forwarded to the person who submitted the question.

To submit or respond to a hotline question:
E-mail:  osmt@osmt.org
Fax:      416-485-7660

Please ensure you include a number where you can be contacted.  (Posting your name on the site is optional)

QUESTION:
Does an MLA have the authority to reject specimens? Or, does the MLA require the ability to know the criteria for you rejection so that a MLT can reject?

ANSWER:
An MLA is required to know the standard operating procedures (SOPs) criteria of rejection for their place of employment which may also include the ability to reject certain specimens that are received. For example, your work place may have a procedure that states if a sample is received unlabelled that you would reject the sample in the computer system and that you would call the appropriate location to let them know as such. Even further to that, some employers would require the MLA to complete an incident report stating the facts of receiving an unlabelled sample (time specimen was received, location from which the sample came and who was called to notify to redraw). At some employers it may state in the SOP that only a MLT should reject the specimen. It all depends on the employer. An MLA should always refer to the SOP of their specific employer and if unclear as to what should be rejected or if it isn't clearly stated to discuss it right away with the supervisor. Tania Toffner, OSMT Manager, Professional Services


QUESTION:
I'm looking for resource information on the best gloves to offer biohazard protection in Microbiology. I have read, recently, that nitrile gloves are preferable to vinyl.   Joan, Brockville 

 

ANSWERS:
In Histology we use Micro-Touch Nitrile gloves that are powder-free and latex-free because they fit so nicely and are impervious to solvents. With these qualities I think that they would also work well in microbiology.
They are made by  Ansell   www.ansellhealthcare.com .
Cat. No. 4002
Phone: 1-800-363-8340 (Canada)     Jan, Richmond Hill

Nitrile is far superior over vinyl, and is the recommended type for use with chemicals as well. Neoprene is also excellent for blood and body fluids, as well as chemicals.  We have just starting switching over to a new glove for such purposes. It's by Medline and is called "Sensicare and is a Nitrile Powder-Free Medical glove, maximum protection against chemicals, harmful abrasions, type I allergic reactions to nitrile and viral exposure.  Meets or exceeds ASTM D6319."   Neen, Sudbury

QUESTION:
I am currently attending a private school as an MLA/T student. In class recently the topic of liquid bandages was brought up and my teacher was unable to give an answer as to the regulations regarding use of these products. I know these products are available for use in hospital, but I am unsure as to whether or not they are acceptable for use in a lab environment to cover scratches etc before gloving (in place of a regular bandaid). My question to you is, can regular bandaids be replaced by the use of liquid bandaids in a lab environment? Would the regulation for this product fall under the jurisdiction of each particular lab, or is there a general consensus as to whether they can be used?

ANSWERS:
Don't know the regulations but we have liquid skin on the bone marrow try.  We do use it on ourselves sometime.  Don't know if it is a higher quality to liquid bandaids or not.  If a person is gloving after, my personal opinion is that it should be okay but for a policy type answer I am not sure. I would think they would be better than regular bandaids as they are a total seal.  I would not put it on a patient though.  Wendy, Ottawa

There was an article in the Globe and Mail this week, written by a plastic surgeon, it reviewed different ways scars are formed and how to reduce them. Liquid bandage was mentioned. It is probably still on the paper's web site, and might be relevant. Jim, London

QUESTION:
I am looking for some information regarding the collection of sweat by iontophoresis for the purpose sweat chloride testing.  At Guelph General Hospital, we currently have MLTs perform both the collection of sweat and the sweat chloride analysis.  We are currently considering having our certified MLA/Ts perform the sweat collection.  MLTs would continue to perform the sweat analysis.
My question is: Are MLA/Ts certified to collect sweat?  Must the collection be an MLT function?

ANSWERS:
I think this question should be answered by OLA/QMP-LS.   Sue, MLT, Sudbury

To my knowledge no school teaches this procedure formally. I myself have never even heard of it before so I have no idea how it is done. Lorraine, MLA/T, Aurora

At the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, the MLA/T's collect the sweat by iontophoreses for sweat chloride analysis and the MLT's do the actual analysis.  Irene, MLT, Thunder Bay