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CHRISTIE GOWAN christiegowan <@t> msn.com
Wed Sep 11 07:50:43 CDT 2013

Hi Clay,

Most hospitals have a tissue committee that makes decisions about surgical specimens. These decisions become hospital policy. Most hospitals state that once a specimen is removed it essentially becomes the property of the hospital. Release of specimens is usually after it has been accessioned and grossed in for pathology reveiw. There is usually a form for that type of release. The hospital would be at risk if they let the specimen leave without following hospital policy. I am not saying it is right or wrong but I can see the logic in it. Once the specimen has been processed through the hospitals pathology department then blocks and slides can be requested for 2nd opinions. Good luck in your search for answers.

Christie Gowan


To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:38:10 +0000
From: claymilks <@t> hotmail.com
Subject: [Histonet] (no subject)

I need a little help on a Patient’s rights question.
It is my understanding that when a patient has a procedure, the patient has the right to request that those specimens be examined by a laboratory of their choosing.  i.e. EGD, colonoscopy, etc
I am in Arkansas.  
My father had a procedure yesterday at a local hospital.  I manage a pathology laboratory that specializes in the type of tissue that the procedure procured.  When it was requested that the tissue be sent to my laboratory, the hospital staff refused to fulfill the request.  We asked multiple times for a release form so my father could take his tissue with him.  The administration employee we spoke to said there was no such thing and that patients were not allowed to take their specimens. One employee going so far as stating that if we wanted the tissue sent somewhere aside from their contracted laboratory, that the procedure would be canceled and my father would have to go somewhere else.   My father, not wanting to cause a fuss, let the issue go.   
Is it legal for a hospital to require that tissue specimens be sent to a lab they are contracted with? 
Are there any other actions we could have taken to make our requests be honored?
This is not meant to insult the hospital, but to give an explanation of the situation for context in answering the questions.

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