[Histonet] Positive Patient ID

Blazek, Linda lblazek <@t> digestivespecialists.com
Tue Jun 23 12:44:42 CDT 2009

Maybe the problem is in the procedure manual terminology.  Do you have it spelled out that when you receive the specimen it is matched to the requisition to assure positive id?  Do you have in the grossing process procedure that the specimen is matched to the cassette?  And then the cassette to the slide in the sectioning step?


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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Kelly Colpitts
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:48 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] Positive Patient ID

Hi Histoland,
Recently we had a CAP inspection.  One of the deficiencies that we were sited for was a lack of positive patient ID.  Here's is our current process (the process that has been in place forever and a day).  
1)Specimens are collected.  
2)They are assigned the next specimen numbers (the next available number is recorded on a steno pad next to the cassette labeler as well as stored in the cassette labeler).  
3)Cassettes are made and the specimen, cassettes and a copy of the paper requisition are given to the pathologist to be grossed in.
4)Once all specimens have assigned numbers and have been given to pathologist, we enter the information into our LIS (Cerner Classic).  
While we would love to be able to afford to purchase one of the many positive patient ID barcode systems, this isn't feasible at this time.  So I am wondering what other labs are doing to comply with positive patient ID?


Thanks for all your help!


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