RE: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients

From:"Darren James"

In my neck of the woods the patient retains the right to request the return
of any and all tissue, including blocks once a report has been issued. They
sign a waiver and presto....after all, it is from their body.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Gudrun Lang
Sent: Saturday, 22 April 2006 7:48 p.m.
To: Histonetliste (Histonetliste)
Subject: AW: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients

 Recently we had the case, that a woman wanted to get her abortion-tissue.
You know what that looks like in a glass of formalin. It was not allowed and
I think it was the right decision.

In Germany there was the case, that a woman wanted to bury the hard of her
husband in his grave. It was a long fight at court. At last she got right
and her soul got peace.

Gudrun Lang

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
[] Im Auftrag von Jackie M
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. April 2006 21:00
An: Bill Blank
Cc:; Smith Wanda;
Betreff: Re: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients

Sorry, Bill - I think that once he signed all the papers before surgery, he
gives the hospital permission to 'dispose of' tissues removed in surgery.  I
think that makes his rib the hospital's property.  We once had a guy ask for
his toe bones back after he lost part of his foot in a motorcycle accident.
He wanted to make a necklace.  The pathologist said 'no'.  End of story,
unless we get into all the patients whose husbands ask for the placenta
after childbirth. 
Jackie O'

Bill Blank 
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04/21/2006 01:36 PM

"Smith Wanda" ,


Re: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients

Regardless of silly laws. It is HIS rib. I give it to them, but usually
replace the formalin with ETOH.


At 12:28 PM -0500 4/21/06, Smith Wanda wrote:
>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. =20
>What is the practice everyone uses for giving/not giving patient's 
>their specimens in formalin?

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