Re: [Histonet] Placenta disposal
Yes, CAP did change block retention back to 10 years.
Joe Nocito BS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry Wilson"
To: "Cindy DuBois" ;
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Placenta disposal
> I thought the CAP had changed the time frame back to 10 years for block
> retention. It seems they had changed from 10 to 5 a couple of years ago
> then more recently changed back to 10 years. Can anyone clarify this?
> wet tissue should be kept for 2 weeks after the final report- we keep ours
> one month just to be safe
> Jerry Wilson
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cindy DuBois"
> Cc: "Histonet"
> Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 7:49 AM
> Subject: [Histonet] Placenta disposal
> > We have a CAP standard which states all processed tissues blocks are to
> > kept 5 years. Gross only specimens are to be kept 2 weeks.
> > We keep the wet tissue 3 weeks (just to make sure). However, our lab
> > manager was kind enough to offer an "archival" system to the hospitals
> > service as an added incentive to keep their business. This means we now
> > receive, process and block every single placenta and keep the blocks 20
> > years !! This has created a huge storage problem for us. We only cut
> > blocks on the cases where the placenta is abnormal, or there was a
> > or baby problem. All others have a "tag" in them and we store them w/o
> > cutting. I can only remember on 2 occasions(we have been doing this for
> > years) where we had to go back and process the archived blocks.
> > Cindy DuBois, HT ASCP
> > Delta Pathology Assoc.
> > Stockton CA
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