[Histonet] Re: Logging in same type specimens consecutively

Tom McNemar TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org
Fri Jun 13 10:51:49 CDT 2008

We often skip numbers at the end of the day.  We then pick those numbers up the next day with dissimilar specimens.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166
tmcnemar <@t> lmhealth.org

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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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