RE: Color coding Re: [Histonet] Avoiding bilaterality mistakes
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.....
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Gayle
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 10:02 AM
To: Stephen Peters M.D.; Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
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
> 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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