[Histonet] Block/slide sign out in Histology

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Tue Jan 9 10:19:00 CST 2007

Usually compliance procedures are met with resistance, if not open confrontaiton; as anything aimed at accountability and order usually does.
  This book to log blocks removed from their "resting place" is of paramount importance in the chain of custody and should be part, not only of your SOP procedures, but of the legal regulations of your hospital.
  Having all blocks and slides available and accounted for (even the parts not used of any specimen during the mandatory custody period, variable by States) is important.
  You can disregard the oposition and implement your policy.
  Never mind CAP, think in the legal consequences for your institution. CAP will not excuse you of your legal responsibilities.
  René J.

Victoria Baker <bakevictoria <@t> gmail.com> wrote:
  Good morning all!

It's been a while since I've done clinical Histology so, please bear
with me if I ask questions that I really SHOULD know! In the last
clinical lab I worked in we had a sign out book that was used by
everyone in the lab if they removed a block, a slide or a specimen
from the "physical" histology space. It was to be compliant with a
certain CAP regulation.

Currently I am a supervisor in a Histology lab that didn't keep a sign
out book and with my taking the position I implemented one. It is
meeting with strong resistance. I did check the New CAP checklist and
it only refers to signing out of Histological materials from the lab
for legal purposes.

Can any of you share with me what your policy is for this in your lab?

Thanks in advance.

Vikki Baker

PS - A thank you to all the people who responded to me about my stray
cats I very much appreciated the assistance and support.

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