[Histonet] Checks and balances for specimen accessioning

Scott, Allison D Allison_Scott <@t> hchd.tmc.edu
Fri Feb 25 10:00:45 CST 2011

Hello to all in histoland.  What types of checks and balances do you
have in place for specimen accessioning.  We had a incidcent where I was
accessioning a case and I did not catch that the name on the container
was different from the name on the requisition.  The resident grossing
did not catch it either.  They usually peel back the copath label and
look at the name on the label that came from the procedure area.  In my
case the resident did not do this. It was not until the pathologist saw
a discrepancy in the age on the requisition and what was written in the
pertinent history, that it was determined that it had been mislabeled
from the beginning.  I did a incident report and the area was cited.
Besides making sure that who ever is accesioning cases checks that the
names match, what else can be done?  Any help in this will be greatly

Allison Scott HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
LBJ Hospital
Houston, Texas
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