RE: Color coding Re: [Histonet] Avoiding bilaterality mistakes

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

We use color coding too and I presented a poster about this at NSH.
We color code all our biopsies.   Each biopsy case receives a different
color cassette.   Those blocks are put on the same color slides as the
biopsy case.   It does help with labeling errors.  We have 6 different
colors we alternate using.   Most of our blocks are biopsies.

This would work for large cases too, like breast resections, colon
resections, prostate chips.....

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Gayle
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 10:02 AM
To: Stephen Peters M.D.;
Subject: Color coding Re: [Histonet] Avoiding bilaterality mistakes

Color coding has bailed us out of problems many, many times.  This is an

excellent suggestion.  I am very impressed at use of automated slide 
labeling IF specimen volume/workload and budget allows it, it certainly
easier on the hands too.

At 07:18 AM 2/6/2006, you wrote:
>After our recent near miss on a bilateral breast case ( see fridays
>   are peoples feelings on pre labling slides?) we will be using
> colored
>   cassettes and matching slides for each side. I got this idea from
> Weems who told me she uses colored agar markers for laterality (
> Joyce). This should
>   help to prevent confusion at the grossing, cutting and reading
> Thanks to all
>   who answered my first post. I thought I would share what I hope is a

> good solution.
>Stephen Peters M.D.

Gayle Callis HTL, HT, MT(ASCP)
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University
Bozeman MT 59717

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