[Histonet] Re: Two Patient Identifiers on slides

Bob Richmond rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 18:07:15 CDT 2013

Realizing we're talking about regulator compliance rather than good sense
here - nonetheless let a pathologist observe that having the patient's name
on the slide is a very important defense against mixing up cases at
sign-out. Small labs still usually have no identifier on the slide other
than a hand-scribbled accession number (two of the three small labs I'm
working in at the moment don't - both CAP accredited), and it's easy for
the pathologist to misread the label. I saw a mixup like this just a few
days ago - it wasn't my case, but I should have caught the misreading when
I reviewed the case, which involved a squamous carcinoma that wasn't.

Good management, bad medicine.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN

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