Re: strange question: storage of bone flaps

From:David Slinger

We did this for awhile at our hospital, but ran in to all kinds of regulatory problems.  We stored them in our blood bank -30C freezer wrapped in blue OR towels until the surgeon was ready to re-implant.  Blood bank who is regulated by AABB as well as CAP, did not like this and we finally discontinued the practice because of all the stiff regulations surrounding autologous material.

Dave Slinger
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Children's Minneapolis and St.Paul

>>> "Garza-Williams, Sara"  01/24/02 12:58PM >>>
I have a strange or odd question for the group:

Is there an institution, hospital,  histo lab or clinical lab that receives
and stores bone flaps from patients, which are then surgically returned to
the patient?
My questions are concerning the charges to the patient; How do you charge
the patient for storage (-80) and the logging it, inventory and all that
good stuff that goes into banking autologous material?  If so what CPT code
do you use and if I could ask how much ($)?

Also, just for comparison sake:  How do you store your specimens? Sterile
container, sterile towels, labeling?

I would appreciate any and all comments, suggestions and input.....

Sara A. Williams 
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor

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