[Histonet] entering multiple specimens

Rebecca Barnhart RBARNHART <@t> summithealth.org
Mon Mar 6 09:47:35 CST 2006

Giving each sample a unique number is how clinical lab specimens are
handled.  It is hard to get some of the clinical lab staff to understand
one person, one date of service = one specimen number.  Our protocol is
no matter how many procedures the patient has if it is all done on the
same day it is one case number, procedures done on another day then
another case number.  For example the patient has a colonoscopy in the
morning and we do a biopsy run and it is determined the patient needs to
go to surgery for a resection, 1 case number with a specimen A and B (or
however many specimen were sent).  It would be to confusing if you give
each specimen a unique number, not only for us but for the doctors.

>>> Tom McNemar <TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org> 3/6/2006 8:44:10 AM >>>
A question has come up regarding how we enter our specimens.  My lab
is asking why we don't give each individual specimen a unique
specimen number.  For example, if we receive a pair of tonsils in 2
containers, she doesn't understand why we assign one surgical number
list them as specimen 1 and 2 instead of giving them 2 unique surgical
numbers.  For something like a colonoscopy with 10 specimens that would
10 unique surgical numbers and 10 reports.  I can't image anyone doing
this.... never heard of it being done but then I've only worked in 2
labs.  I don't see it being done this way but I thought I'd ask.

So that's my question.  Does anybody do it this way?  It would seem to
really complicate things and a separate report would have to be issued
each specimen number.  I'm sure our GI guys would love getting 14 or
separate repors for the same case..... 

My manager doesn't really understand histo but she tries really hard. 
always trys to apply the rules of general lab to us.  Her argument is
micro, heme, chemistry, etc. all give separate specimen numbers.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio  43055 

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