[Histonet] Pathologists' Names on H&E Labels
Weems, Joyce K.
Joyce.Weems <@t> emoryhealthcare.org
Fri Jan 4 16:26:37 CST 2013
We don't have names on slides but I wish we did!! My first thought is that there would be no more liability on having their name on the slide than on the report. I don't understand the concern.
joyce.weems <@t> emoryhealthcare.org
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Roger Heyna
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 5:01 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Pathologists' Names on H&E Labels
For years, our lab's information system has been set up so that the name of the pathologist assigned to a case prints on our H&E labels to assist with sorting and grouping the slides after staining. As new pathologists join our team, concerns regarding this practice have come up. The pathologists are concerned that having their names on the slides pose medical-legal liability, and they want the names removed. I've yet to hear clear ramifications involved with having doctors' names on slides. What liability is really involved?
We are a large, urban academic medical center with high specimen volumes. Our pathologists rotate through different sub-specialties, sometimes on a daily basis. For us, having the pathologists' names on the H&E labels seems to be the easiest way to get the H&E's to the correct pathologist.
Are other labs printing the names of the pathologists on their H&E labels? Is anyone aware of any legal risk involved in this practice? Would anyone mind sharing how they sort and divide the slides before submitting them to their pathologists?
Roger Heyna, BS, HTL(ASCP)
Loyola University Medical Center
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