[Histonet] mislabeling of slides and blocks

Patrick Laurie foreightl <@t> gmail.com
Fri Oct 8 13:08:14 CDT 2010

Our policy deals with general "serious infractions" which are any error
which could potentially harm the patient, 2 examples are embedding floaters
and slide mislabeling.  We use bar-coding for our blocks and slides as well
as a rather sophisticated in-house-made tracking software.  The way it works
here, you scan a block and the label prints out telling you what is ordered
and needs to be cut.  We implemented a strict policy of making sure you
match the block profile with the tissue profile on the slide a second time
before it leaves the cutting bench. The first mistake is a meeting.  Second
mistake is a verbal warning.  Third and fourth mistake is a written warning,
and the final one is termination.  With over 100,000 blocks cut and well
over 150,000 slides and 20 employees, since we established this policy, I
have not had two mistakes by the same person.  This policy as well as the
fantastic hard work by our employees has been quite successful.

Good luck.

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 5:14 AM, Amy Farnan <Farnana <@t> nehealth.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I was wondering if you could share your policy for employee infractions of
> mislabeling blocks and slides? I would like to get an idea of what the
> standard is out there.  Any help would be appreciated.
> Thank you
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Patrick Laurie HT(ASCP)QIHC
CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories
1124 Columbia Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
plaurie <@t> cellnetix.com

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