Releasing unfixed specimens
I was wondering if any of you have a release form that you require patients
to sign if they are taking possesion of an unfixed tissue specimen. We
require them to sign a release on fixed specimens pertaining to the
hazardous nature of formalin and provide them with an MSDS sheet (we do
rinse off as much of the formalin as possible). Recently we have requests
from patients that want their placentas. Some placentas we do hold unfixed
for a certain time frame in case pathology or genetic studies are ordered.
Do any of you have a release form pertaining to the biohazardous nature of
unfixed specimens? Thanks for any input.
St. Peter's Hospital
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