[Histonet] Specimens from surigical units

Horn, Hazel V HornHV <@t> archildrens.org
Wed Nov 20 11:10:28 CST 2013

We have a similar system.  When pathology specimens are taken in surgery a notification is generated and sent to our printer.  We reconcile the notifications with the requisitions when the specimens are received.

Hazel Horn
Supervisor of Histology/Autopsy/Transcription
Anatomic Pathology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way | Slot 820| Little Rock, AR 72202
501.364.4240 direct | 501.364.1241 fax
hornhv <@t> archildrens.org

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of WILLIAM DESALVO
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:09 AM
To: Vickroy, Jim; histonet
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Specimens from surigical units

We use the hospital LIS. All specimens/cases are entered and ordered by Surgery and they are then received by Surgical Pathology. You are able to effectively track w/ pending lists and a full manifest/reconciliation process.

William DeSalvo, BS HTL(ASCP)

> From: Vickroy.Jim <@t> mhsil.com
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:03:45 -0600
> Subject: [Histonet] Specimens from surigical units
> We are a large pathology department and process over 35,000 surgical accessions each year.  I am interested in learning how other pathology departments keep track of the specimens that are removed in surgery to make sure they are received in pathology.  Obviously all specimens received by pathology are entered into the pathology accessioning system however the question has come up to how do we know that every specimen taken in surgery for pathology is actually received in pathology.  A couple of our surgical units utilize volunteer couriers since the surgical units are not near pathology.   A couple of other units like special procedures and cardiac surgery have a simple notebook that is a signoff when the specimens are taken to pathology, however from there is no tracking system from the main OR or outpatient surgery. In otherwords a specimen could be removed in the OR that was supposed to be sent to pathology does not arrive in pathology.  Obviously this doesn't happen often but we are trying to close the potential for an occurrence.   Specimens removed in surgery are logged into the surgical OR report however  there is no current way for us to track that everything removed that day that was supposed to go to pathology actually made it to pathology.   Any ideas?
> Jim Vickroy
> James Vickroy BS, HT(ASCP)
> Surgical  and Autopsy Pathology Technical Supervisor Memorial Medical 
> Center
> 217-788-4046
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