From:"Morken, Tim" <>

Peggy, I think the real issue is to have more than one identifier on the
slide. That makes it easier to catch mistakes. I've seen a lot of labs put
the surgical number and medical record number on their slides. I think a lot
of people, however, have an easier time comparing names rather than numbers.
Personally, I can live with either. We currently put patient name and
accession number on our IHC and ISH slides, but not on our H&E slides.

Tim Morken

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee & Peggy Wenk []
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2001 5:40 AM
To: Histonet

Hearing of a trend of printing the patient's names along with their surgical
number on the slide label , and want to know Hectometer's opinion.

I've been in the field 20+ years. In all that time, I've been told we deal
with ONLYsurgical numbers, not names, once the tissue has been assigned a
number, because:
1. Less likely to confuse numbers than names, especially if two specimens
come down with the same or similar numbers.
2. Confidentiality.

Now, I'm hearing (and seeing) patients' names being printed on the slide
label, along with the surgical number, institution name, and stain name.

I've been told this is part of QC in many places, to make certain that the
name and the surgical number correlate when the pathologists are dictating
their findings, or when slides are being sent out for consultation or at the
request of the patient.

Anyone out there printing the names on the slides?

Has there been any comments about confidentiality?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)

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