RE: [Histonet] Re: "Need your help"

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

Our hospital has a surgical case review committee as well.    We don't to
the reqs for no specimens though.

Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Phone - 501.364.4240
Fax - 501.364.3912 

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From: [] 
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 4:29 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Re: "Need your help"

Nita Searcy asks about investigating possible unneeded surgical procedures.
Our hospital, as part of its JCAHO accreditation (Joint Council for the
Accretation of Hospitals Organization or something close to that)has a
"Surgical Case Review Committee". It meets monthly and reviews suspect or
unnecessary surgery's among other things. It also takes on little projects
like reviewing appendix operations to make sure they are needed. Also as
part of our accretation processes, we require a surgical pathology slip be
issued for each surgery that takes place, even if there is no specimen. The
idea is the pathologist reviews the slip and if he/she thinks it is
unnecessary,or there should have been a specimen, the slip is sent on to the
"Surgical Case Review Committee". The scrub nurse signs these off as "none"
where the specimen should be listed. (I served on the committe for a couple
of years. It was quite interesting. We sat in plush chairs in the hospital
boardroom and got fed lunch....)

Mike Titford
USA Pathology
Mobile AL USA

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