[Histonet] Block retention

LuAnn Anderson ander093 <@t> tc.umn.edu
Wed Sep 15 10:56:48 CDT 2004

We have all slides and blocks dating back at least 30 years or more. We 
have received many requests over the years for slides that are older than 
10 years--so this is a very valid concern, IMHO. We have a separate store 
room where these slides and blocks are kept. Our Neuropathologist does not 
want anything discarded--don't know what we'll do when the storeroom fills 
up--but we will be able to pull slides/blocks if needed. I do agree that 
this policy should be reviewed.


At 11:31 AM 9/15/04 -0400, Pizi, Dave wrote:
>I hope this doesn't open a can of worms, but our medical director would 
>like to know how other labs are handling block and slide disposal when 
>there is a cancer center involved.  His concern is that even though we are 
>following CAP and state guidelines when we discard after 10 years, the 
>cancer center folks will request something older and we won't be able to 
>help them.  I can't think of a way to identify, retrieve and hold this 
>material that doesn't give me a headache.
>Dave Pizi
>Carolinas HealthCare System
>Charlotte, NC
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