RE: Specimen Retention Policy

From:"Morken, Tim" <>

If it's going on a consent form you better have the lawyers look at it

Tim Morken

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Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 1:20 PM
Subject: Specimen Retention Policy

I am asking this question on behalf of a colleague.  Responses may be sent

We are considering adding this statement to our Surgical Consent Form:

All specimens, including tissue, foreign bodies, and prosthetics, delivered
to the histology/pathology department will undergo, at a minimum, a gross
examination.  The pathologist will perform microscopic exam of specimens if
requested or deemed necessary.  Specimens and explanted prosthetic devices
are retained for one month after the pathology report has been generated or
returned to the patient upon request within that time period.  Thereafter
if the patient or doctor has not requested their return or extended
storage, the explanted devices will be discarded.

Should we proceed or should we just address retention practices in our

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