Re: Products of Conception


OH yuk.
This reminds me of my trip to UK where they were having "Tissue Retention Issue"
problems.  At the time they had to treat every case as if it were a fetus and
return even a single cell to the family if they wanted it.
What is the USA policy for handling POC's, embryo, fetus, etc.  Is there a
minimun age/size which determines how the tissue is handled by the pathology
lab.  I imagine this policy is determined locally and that there is no "broad
national" policy on the issue.  I would love to hear from those who have
policies regarding this issue.  Please respond to me directly at because I am going to unsubscribe from histonet for a while
and I do not want to start a hub bub on the listserv.

"Mackinnon, John" wrote:

> I would like to conduct a little survey of labs that receive therapeutic
> abortions.  For facilities that utilize the collection devices that contain
> the sock like gauze sacs how do receive them?  Does the procedure room
> submit the entire collection device to the lab in the fresh state or do they
> remove the sack from the collection device and submit it in formalin?  This
> of course excludes cases that require special attention such as cytogenetic
> testing.
> Much to our displeasure we receive them in the fresh state still in the
> collection device.  Our nurses do not want to risk exposure so this is how
> we get them.
> Thanks in advance,
> John MacKinnon MLT, ART
> Charge Technologist Pathology
> Lakeridge Health Oshawa
> 905-576-8711 ext. 4358

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