[Histonet] Frozen section turnaround time

Vacca Jessica Jessica.Vacca <@t> HCAhealthcare.com
Tue Aug 14 11:46:08 CDT 2007

We clock the specimen in when it comes from surgery to the time we take it to the pathologist. We only measure the times of the first section taken, if it is a cone with 10 blocks the first block is the only one timed. Should we be having the Dr's write their time that the Dx was made as well? 

Jessica Vacca
Histology Supervisor
Brandon Regional Hospital

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:34 PM
To: Scott, Allison D; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Frozen section turnaround time

The TAT has to reffer to the FIRST section used for diagnosis; the following sections are additional sections, either levels or margins, and depend on the needs of the pathologist.
  You can argue that one thing is doing the first section and another is arriving to the diagnosis when more than 1 sections are needed. That diagnosis time should the TAT for the diagnosis (for the pathologist), not for the first section (your TAT).
  Probably your manager does not even know what you are talking about.
  René J.

"Scott, Allison D" <Allison_Scott <@t> hchd.tmc.edu> wrote:
  Hello to everyone in histoland. I have a question concerning frozen section turnaround time. When you do your turnaround time report do you do it based on multiple sections or single sections. The bulk of our cases are multiple block frozens. They never meet the 20 min. time limit. The report that I turn in never meets the 100% compliance rate based on my numbers. Would someone be willing to share a report with me. My manager is concerned that we are not being compliant. Thanks in advance.

Allison Scott
Histology Supervisor
LBJ Hospital

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