CAP checklist item FLO.23706

Gale, Howard B Howard.Gale at
Sat Jan 5 05:23:19 EST 2008

I think this new requirement is burdensome. Is the plan to require all
clinical instrument data be kept 10 years? 



From: Kimberly A. Pacella
[mailto:kimberly.pacella at] 
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 10:00 AM
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Subject: RE: CAP checklist item FLO.23706


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

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

ph: (610)402-5593

e-mail:kimberly.pacella at


From: Montgomery, Roberta J [mailto:Roberta.Montgomery at] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 4:24 PM
To: cyto-inbox
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

701 Park Ave, P4

Minneapolis, MN 55415


612-904-4229 fax

roberta.montgomery at  (new email)



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