RE: specimen numbering

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From:"Sebree Linda A." <la.sebree@HOSP.WISC.EDU> (by way of histonet)
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Roberta, could you put a letter in front of the 00?  ie S00-1234, the S
could stand for Surgical or you could use a different letter that would have
some significance.  Just a thought.

Linda A. Sebree, HT
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Immunohistochemistry/In Situ Hybridization Laboratory
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI  53792-2472

FAX: (608)263-1568

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Roberta Horner []
> Sent:	Wednesday, January 05, 2000 9:29 AM
> To:	Histonet
> Subject:	specimen numbering
> The lab here has created what I consider a serious problem and I would
> like
> to know if others out there confronted and solved it.
> Our numbering system is the last two digits of the year and a 5 digit
> number.  The computer will not accept a number starting with 00, so our
> computer committee in their wisdom decided to us the first and last digit
> for the beginning of the accession number i.e. 20.  The problem comes in
> twenty years when we will again be using 20 as the first digits.  No one
> else seems to care that in twenty years I am going to have two sets of
> blocks and slides with the same number hence the problem I no longer have
> unique numbers.
> Does any one else's lab have this problem and what are you doing about it?
> Any and all suggestions are welcome.  I may or may not be here at that
> time
> but I really don't want to leave problems for someone else.
> Thanks very much
> Roberta Horner HT
> Animal Diagnostic Lab
> Penn State University

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