[Histonet] Re: Logging in same type specimens consecutively

Weems, Joyce JWeems <@t> sjha.org
Fri Jun 13 10:50:57 CDT 2008

We make a marker with agar and put a different color in each case. It is
embedded and cut right along with the tissue, so it is a good trail. The
pathologists also document it in the report as a QA measure. 


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Subject: [Histonet] Re: Logging in same type specimens consecutively

Avoid logging in specimens of the same type (prostate, breast, colon
biopsies for example) consecutively. If it can't be avoided (say you get
four stereotactic breast biopsy specimens at the end of the day) then go
ahead and number them consecutively.

I did some work at a specialty prostate lab a few years ago, and they
took extraordinary care to distinguish their specimens. Ten different
colors of cassettes, ten different colors of slides, and several other
things. Multiple colors of cassettes are easily available at no
additional cost (except the increase in inventory), and they're greatly
underutilized by pathology services.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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