From:Michael Rice <>

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" http-equiv˙ntent-Type> <META content="MSHTML 5.00.2919.6307" name=GENERATOR></HEAD> <BODY style="FONT: 8pt MS Sans Serif; MARGIN-LEFT: 2px; MARGIN-TOP: 2px"> <DIV><FONT sizeWe are using Cerner as our IS system and it prints the number as well as the patient name as well as special stains and IHC abs.. I do not see a confidentially issue here as the report  alsov carries the name and the slides are part of the report.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT sizeMike Rice</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT sizeBroward General Medical Center</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT sizeFt Lauderdale</FONT><BR><BR>>>> Lee & Peggy Wenk <> 02/23/01 05:39AM >>><BR>Hearing of a trend of printing the patient's names along with their surgical<BR>number on the slide label , and want to know Hectometer's opinion.<BR><BR>I've been in the field 20+ years. In all that time, I've been told we deal<BR>with ONLYsurgical numbers, not names, once the tissue has been assigned a<BR>number, because:<BR>1. Less likely to confuse numbers than names, especially if two specimens<BR>come down with the same or similar numbers.<BR>2. Confidentiality.<BR><BR>Now, I'm hearing (and seeing) patients' names being printed on the slide<BR>label, along with the surgical number, institution name, and stain name.<BR><BR>I've been told this is part of QC in many places, to make certain that the<BR>name and the surgical number correlate when the pathologists are dictating<BR>their findings, or when slides are being sent out for consultation or at the<BR>request of the patient.<BR><BR>Anyone out there printing the names on the slides?<BR><BR>Has there been any comments about confidentiality?<BR><BR>Thanks in advance for your input.<BR><BR>Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR></DIV></BODY></HTML>
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