Re: [Histonet] Giving Specimens to Patients

From:"Jackie M O'Connor"

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.  What is the practice everyone uses for giving/not 
>giving patient's their specimens in formalin?

Bill Blank (Celtic studies and numismatics)
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