RE: Minnesota histology mistake

From:"Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist"

Could someone explain what "this breast mix-up in Minnesota" is about?

Terry L Marshall B.A.(Law), M.B.Ch.B., F.R.C.Path
Consultant Histopathologist
Rotherham General Hospital, Yorkshire

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike & Phyllis Thaxton []
Sent: 29 January 2003 11:22
Subject: Re: Minnesota histology mistake

Hi Bryan,
  This has become a HUGE issue at our hospital as well. Already, we never 
assign consecutive accession numbers. We always put the patient's initials 
on the side of the blocks. We never place more than one breast case on a 
tray os surgicals. Now the pathologists have asked, what else can we do to 
insure this could never happen to us. I am very much open for more 
suggestions as well.


>From: Bryan Watson 
>Subject: Minnesota histology mistake
>Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:11:06 -0500
>Has anyone changed their protocol for doing things since this breast
>mixup in Minnesota? If so could you explain how you have changed things
>to insure these mistakes never happen.
>We have suddenly had a lot of people coming in and asking how we could
>improve things so this does not happen here. We like to think that it
>could not happen with the way we do things, but I guess one never

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