[Histonet] Re: tracking turnaround time of intraoperative consultations

Robert Richmond rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 12:28:59 CDT 2009

Vinnie Della Speranza, Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services Medical
University of South Carolina
Charleston SC asks about tracking turnaround time of frozen sections (note
that not every intraoperative consultation requires a frozen section).

The few services I've worked on that attempted to track turnaround time
timed them from time of receipt in the laboratory (using a time stamp for
that) to telephoning the report (the pathologist had to write down the time
on the hand-scribbled report). The prescribed maximum turnaround was 20
minutes, which is pretty easy to meet. Cases with multiple frozen sections
were not timed.

Has there been some change in the CAP requirements for recording turnaround
time of frozen sections in the last three years?

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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