RE: [Histonet] Re: Block indentifiers

From:"Tarango, Mark"

We should come up with a coded writing that only histotechs can read.


Mark Adam Tarango HT(ASCP)

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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 9:23 AM
To: Cheryl Kerry; 'Galiotto, Laura';;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Re: Block indentifiers

Consider the following:
  the blocks are going to be sent out for a consult: how many people unrelated to the lab will be able to read the name in the block?
  Do those unrelated people have the "right" to read that name? Even those with that "right" could find out about a certain name and make some commentary to another person without the "right" to know.
  There is a big diference between the "right" to know and the "need to know".
  A second log number, a date or a bar code are better and anonymous second identifiers.
  I would not like my name to be written in a cassette.
  René J.

Cheryl Kerry  wrote:
  On confidentiality policies--

These policies are to protect patient information from people who do not
have the right to see it. Wouldn't anyone handling blocks have not just the
right, but the need to validate the ID of the block to the associated
patient report?


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Galiotto,
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 10:51 AM
To: Rene J Buesa;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Re: Block indentifiers

Hello Histonetter's
I am curious to those that are not using the patient's name as a second
identifier. What are you using, since JCAHO is requiring a second

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Rene J
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Re: Block indentifiers

Word of caution about patient's name in cassettes or slides:

check you "confidentiality policies" before doing that because the
patient's name will be available to any with access to either the cassette
or the slide.
We never allowed that type of "second" identification.
René J. wrote:

Our facility puts the patients last name on the cassettes as the second

Ann Lynde
Medicine Hat Diagnostic Laboratory
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Message: 6
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 13:50:02 -0600
From: "Renko, Heather D." 
Subject: [Histonet] Block identifiers

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I would like some input on handwritten identifiers on blocks/cassettes. Our=20
facility currently puts the surgical number only on our blocks and is 
considering the idea of a second identifier.

Heather Renko, Histology Coordinator
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108

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