We have a punch clock that is used for our frozen section req. that we use when the specimen comes in the door and is put into formalin. The pathologists then dictates this time into the report and states how long the tissue is/will be in formalin before the processor will start. For the inspectors, CAP can then pull any breast case report up electronically to validate the phase 1 recommendation is being adhered to for HER2neu specimens.
How are you tracking the fixation time for breast tissue from the time
the specimen is put into formalin to the time it comes off the
processors? Do you have the time recorded on a data sheet for CAP
inspectors to review or on your req. and if so is this time dictated by
the PA at the time of grossing?
Heather D. Renko, Histology Coordinator
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108
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