CAP checklist item FLO.23706

Kimberly A. Pacella kimberly.pacella at
Fri Jan 4 09:59:43 EST 2008

My thought would be that it could be either paper or electronic, since it doesn't specify.
There is nothing in the general checklist that addresses it.
I would also think that since it's a new question, we cannot be cited for not having records back that far, but would need to show that our procedure and policies have been changed to reflect the new requirements.
I also have both for leukemia/lymphoma specimens but do not have CD4 records back farther than 2 years.
I am interested to see what others think about this new requirement.

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Kimberly A. Pacella, MT(ASCP)QCYM
Manager, Immunology & Flow Cytometry
Health Network Laboratories
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From: Montgomery, Roberta J [mailto:Roberta.Montgomery at]
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 4:24 PM
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Subject: CAP checklist item FLO.23706

Can anyone provide any further information on the new checklist item for CAP, FLO.23706 which reads "Are gated dot plots and histograms retained for at least 10 years?"

I'm wondering if this refers to paper and electronic, or either one/or the other, and is it for all applications? For example, I have more than 10 years electronically for CD4 counts, but I don't have paper records that far back. I thought the requirement for CD4 counts was two years, and paper or electronic, not necessarily both. I have both for leukemia/lymphoma (since the beginning) so that isn't a concern for me.

Robbi Montgomery, MLS, MT(ASCP)SI, CLS(NCA)
Director of Education
Clinical Laboratories
Hennepin County Medical Center
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