[Histonet] Accession numbers and slide, block storage

From:"Rod Coombe"

Has anybody had experience with random numbering systems. Currently we use a
yearly sequential numbering system which reverts back to a set number on the
1st January each year.  A few years ago we trialed random numbering (which
was entered onto the lab information system) while a second sequential
number was used for internal filing. This was a disaster, trying to cope
with two numbers and working out where slides were filed and was
subsequently abandoned. Does any lab have experience using 1D or 2D bar
codes for tracking blocks and slides. If so is it only possible using
sequential numbers or can it be accomplished with random numbers.
Your experiences would be welcomed.

Rod Coombe
Tissue Pathology
Frome Road, Adelaide
Phone (08) 8222 3201 / 0401 120808
Fax     (08) 82223204

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