RE: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients


Check with tour state Health Dept.  Here in Texas we can only give back
teeth.  Anything else has to be released to a licensed funeral home.  Or
you can also release tissues for research purposes, but again to bona
fide institutions.  Gone are the days when you could release gallstones,
tonsils, hardware, fingers, flashlights, batteries and some small
appliances.  Hope this helps.

Juan C. Gutierrez, HT(ASCP)
Histology Laboratory Supervisor

My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my employer.  Long
live free speech!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Smith
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 12:28 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients

Happy Friday Histonet,
We have aways given gallstones and foreign bodies to patients if they
request them, however, I have a patient that wants his rib back that was
removed in surgery.    It just looks like a rib fracture, no atypia.
Our Pathologist don't recommend this, but it is a call from the hospital
legal department and I can't get in touch with them today.  What is the
practice everyone uses for giving/not giving patient's their specimens
in formalin?
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