[Histonet] Patient requests for tissues

Brendal Finlay brendal.finlay <@t> medicalcenterclinic.com
Thu Jun 7 11:26:20 CDT 2012

We normally do not allow patients to have their specimens back after
they are signed out, but recently we did have a patient request a
specimen to be returned due to his religious preferences.  We have
held onto the specimen and it's being looked at by our legal and risk
management departments.  The biggest issue with this is the
chemical (formalin) and biohazard exposure involved.  Eventually,
the patient received his specimen, but there was a lot of red tape and
it's the only instance in which I have seen a patient get a specimen
back after we were done with it.

Brendal Finlay, HT ASCP

-----Original message-----
From: Cathy Crumpton cathy.crumpton <@t> tuality.org
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:10:22 -0500
To: "histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu"
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Subject: [Histonet] Patient requests for tissues

> I am wondering how other hospital connected histology labs handle
requests from patientsto get their tissue back. I am especially
interested in the placentas. Our pathologists and managers are
struggling to come up with a policy that is sensitive to various
religions and cultures but keeps everyone safe. Do you allow patients
to get back their specimens after the case is signed out or not???
> Cathy Crumpton HT(ASCP), Lead Histotechnician
> Tuality Community Hospital
> 503-681-1292
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