[Histonet] Specimen collection/transportation

Rathborne, Toni trathborne <@t> somerset-healthcare.com
Mon Nov 18 14:08:13 CST 2013

Did they state which OSHA standard you were in violation of? 

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Will Chappell
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2013 3:06 PM
To: LeAnn Lang
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Subject: Re: [Histonet] Specimen collection/transportation

This to me seems very odd. Almost exclusively specimens are sent to my lab in formalin. Placentas are usually sent fresh simply because of their size. 

If anything, the birthing unit may not be in compliance, but it has nothing to do with the lab. The formalin containers must be properly labelled, and appropriate SOPs in use on the floor, usually to include a spill kit. I wrote the procedures for the floor units, but it is their responsibility to be in compliance. 

Will Chappell, HTL(ASCP)

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> On Nov 18, 2013, at 12:02 PM, "LeAnn Lang" <llang <@t> aipathology.com> wrote:
> We were recently contacted by our hospital indicating that we are in 
> violation of OSHA by using the process we currently are using.
> Currently, we provided prefilled 10% neutral buffered formalin
> containers to the surgical suites, birthing units, etc.   They fill the
> containers with the specimens and return them to the pathology lab.   We
> have done this process for many many years and have never been 
> questioned for this by either CAP or Joint Commission.  What is your 
> process for specimen collection/transport?  Are the specimens put in 
> formalin in the surgery suites/birthing unit/etc or in the pathology 
> laboratory?  How about placentas, are they sent in formalin from the 
> floor or are they put in formalin in the histology lab?
> Thank you!
> LeAnn
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