RE: Policy on retention of surgical wet tissue

From:Tony Henwood

RE: Policy on retention of surgical wet tissue

We assume that specimens will be signed out within 10 weeks of receipt of the specimen, so many labs discard specimens 3 months after receipt. This is overkill in that we do tend to keep them for 5 or more weeks longer than we need to, but from a logistics point of view we don't have to worry about not meeting the requirements. The chance of not meeting the requirement, unless you work in a VERY slow lab, is minimal.


Tony Henwood JP, BappSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager
The Children's Hospital at  Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: (02) 9845 3306
Fax: (02) 9845 3318


-----Original Message-----
From: Landrum, Donna (San Jac) []
Sent: Thursday, 20 February 2003 9:05
To: ''
Subject: Policy on retention of surgical wet tissue

I know that CAP states wet tissues can be discarded two weeks after final
report.  So, how do you determine each specimen has been signed out at least
two weeks prior?  What is your policy or method that you follow when it is
time to discard tissue?

Donna Landrum, HT (ASCP)
Histology Lab Coordinator
San Jacinto Methodist Hospital
Baytown, Texas

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