Edward James Edmonds
Education: Tri-service School of Histotechnology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.
Facilities worked at:
Histologist, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York — Current (Intermittent position)
Histologist, 4T0X2, US Air Force — 2002 to 2007
- Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (now Joint Pathology Center), Washington D.C.
- Ehrling Bergquist Hospital Offutt AFB, Nebraska
- Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany
- Accessions surgical, cytological, and autopsy specimens.
- Prepares specimens for fixation, dehydration, and impregnation processes by automatically sending specimens through a series of formalins, alcohols, clearing agents, and paraffin using modern laboratory processing equipment.
- Embeds tissue and prepares paraffin blocks for microtomy using AFIP standards.
- Prepares microscope slides for routine H&E staining as well as specials stains.
- Prepares specimen(s) for rapid diagnosis using cryostat.
- Assists pathologist(s) during autopsy.
- Prepared remains for transfers to mortuary, including cleaning and closing all incisions.
- Maintains all surgical, cytological, and autopsy specimen records, included filing and storing of paraffin blocks and stained tissue slides by accession number.
- Prepares and ships blocks, slides and diagnostic reports to various military and civilian medical facilities.
- Maintains all surgical and autopsy instruments to include: routine cleaning of microtomes, processing equipment, and the laboratory area.
- Performs quality assurance.
- Evaluates current and new procedures for implementation and effectiveness.
- Monitors specimen handling, cutting, and staining quality as well as equipment and controlled substances inventory.
- Assists in maintaining accreditation standards (CAP and JACHO)
- Part of a team that maintained a 1.2 day turn-around time, technical knowledge with non-gynecological cytology specimen processing.
- Helped earn laudatory comments from the College of American Pathologists inspectors for having “the best laboratory ever seen” by spearheading the automation of all anatomic pathology paperwork.
- Assisted with autopsies at the Dover AFB, DE mortuary, the main mortuary for the US military.
- Trained and supervised new histology technicians transitioning them from the academic setting to real-world laboratory environment.
- Experience with day-to-day requirements of running a successful histology laboratory including ordering supplies, reconciliation of supply accounts, troubleshooting processing equipment, hazardous waste disposal, quality control, processing day-to-day operations paperwork, special stains.
- Performed grossing duties for routine specimens at a large facility (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany)
- Electron microscopy
- Experience with CoPATH and CHCS and VISTA.
- Ability to adapt during automatic equipment failure: technical know-how with preparing routine and special stains by hand.