Re: GROSSING STATION
Vicki Gauch in Albany NY writes about the Shandon Grosslab Senior tissue
>>The workstation is height adjustable, offers motion sensitive controls for
the water, waste disposal unit and rinse function for cleaning the flat
grossing surface. The unit is well lit and has plenty of room for
instruments, ink, paper towels and whatever else you keep on your station. We
also have our dictation system unit in the unit. I would say the only
inconvenient part of the unit is that there is no place to keep blocking
sheets (yes, we still use sheets we manually write in the number of
I always dread encountering one of these fancy grossing stations - most of
all the ones touted as "designed by a pathologist" at a new locum tenens job.
Most of them are nightmares of spraying water flashing lights, and
dictation-obscuring noise. Any move is likely to be greeted by a spray of
water that blows potentially infectious aerosol into your face.
If I ever have to design a grossing station, and suicide isn't an option, I
want to be able to work with the lights on and the water off. I want
magnification that works, including a dissecting microscope in easy reach.
The station needs to be configured so that a pathologist can work alone (as
Good Management now requires) or with an assistant (nearly halves my time
spent grossing). The dictation system needs to be configured so that
dictation isn't obscured by the noise of fans or running water.
And yes, I want a place to put that "blocking sheet". I rarely see a lab that
writes down counts and other information about what was submitted in the
cassette, and I think these records ought to be required, at least by the
College of American Pathologists. It doesn't make sense to me that a patient
should be subjected to misery and expense to obtain a few very small
specimens, and then the embedder (who came to work early after all, and is
probably gone home by the time I gross) doesn't know how many pieces of
tissue the pathologist put in the cassette.
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