[Histonet] Placenta disposal

Jerry Wilson slimwillie <@t> cox.net
Sun Aug 8 15:19:22 CDT 2004

I thought the CAP had changed the time frame back to 10 years for block
retention.  It seems they had changed from 10 to 5 a couple of years ago and
then more recently changed back to 10 years.  Can anyone clarify this?  The
wet tissue should be kept for 2 weeks after the final report- we keep ours
one month just to be safe

Jerry Wilson
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cindy DuBois" <ccdub <@t> earthlink.net>
To: <JShaw <@t> rockdale.org>
Cc: "Histonet" <Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 7:49 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Placenta disposal

> We have a CAP standard which states all processed tissues blocks are to be
> kept 5 years.  Gross only specimens are to be kept 2 weeks.
> We keep the wet tissue 3 weeks (just to make sure).  However, our lab
> manager was kind enough to offer an "archival" system to the hospitals we
> service as an added incentive to keep their business.  This means we now
> receive, process and block every single placenta and keep the blocks 20
> years !!  This has created a huge storage problem for us.  We only cut the
> blocks on the cases where the placenta is abnormal, or there was a
> or baby problem.  All others have a "tag" in them and we store them w/o
> cutting.  I can only remember on 2 occasions(we have been doing this for 3
> years) where we had to go back and process the archived blocks.
> Cindy DuBois, HT ASCP
> Delta Pathology Assoc.
> Stockton CA
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