[Histonet] Checks and balances for specimen accessioning

Michael Mihalik mike <@t> pathview.com
Fri Feb 25 10:22:50 CST 2011

To me, there is only one 100% solution -- barcodes.  I'm quite anxious to
hear other people's thoughts, though.

Michael Mihalik
PathView Systems | cell: 214.733.7688 | 800.798.3540 | fax: 952.241.7369

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Subject: [Histonet] Checks and balances for specimen accessioning

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 appreciated.

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