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TOPS (Tissue Optimization and Pre-analytic Standardization) is APPIA's first education program for your entire health care delivery team on the criticality of tissue pre-analytics. The TOPS program serves the interests of the patient's diagnostic sample by providing best practice suggestions and guidelines on tissue handling and pre-analytics for surgeons, nurses, pathologists, laboratory technologists, educators and patient advocacy groups.
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Targeted specifically for professional laboratory personnel including Histotechnologists and Medical Technologists, this video is an introduction to the Tissue Optimization and Pre-analytic Standardization (TOPS) program developed by APPIA. Narrated by Robert Lott, HTL(ASCP), who is a frequent speaker and educator at both national and regional National Society for Histotechnology meetings and one of the collaborative authors of the complete APPIA TOPS Program, the video reviews what the histology and pathology laboratory can do to optimize tissue preservation and quality in clinical practice. It includes a review of “journey” of the tissue specimen from the patient to diagnosis including a review of the types of tests performed on a specimen. More importantly, the video provides an understanding of the impact of pre-analytic factors and variables and describes best practices and tools that laboratories can implement to optimize tissue preservation diagnostic quality.