Re: [Histonet] LEG TRANSPORT

From:"Tom Schaer"


This sounds to me like one of these EHRS rules....why don't you cut the bag
open and peel the leg out without reaching into the bag proper.  This way
you don not reach into the bag if this is the only violation.  The EHRS
people have their rules and we have our interpretations to their rules.  In
my recent experience, if it were for EHRS, nothing ever would happen because
it is too risky and whatever...


Thomas P. Schär, VMD
Asst  Prof  School of Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
& Comparative Orthopaedic Research & Tissue Engineering
Department of Clinical Studies
University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
tel. 610-444-5800 (x6261 office)
tel. 610-444-5800 (x6131 lab)
fax. 610-925-8100
----- Original Message ----- 
To: "Christine Baker" ;
; "Joe Nocito" 
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 7:45 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] LEG TRANSPORT

> Christine,
> We currently use red biohazard bags for amputations.  These are sent to us
from the O.R. Currently  I have not heard of this regulation that you can
not do it this way.
> Steven Mello,HT(ASCP)
> Anatomical Pathology Supervisor
> Cape Cod Hospital
> Hyannis, MA 02601
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: Joe Nocito
>   To: Christine Baker ;
>   Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 11:29 AM
>   Subject: RE: [Histonet] LEG TRANSPORT
>   Christine,
>   I'm a private lab that receives legs from a hospital in red biohazard
>   transported by a commercial courier service. I haven't heard of this. I
>   don't think there are any reusable containers that are long enough. I
>   what if the patient has 48 inch legs?
>   Joe Nocito, BS, HT(ASCP) QIHC
>   Histology Manager
>   Pathology Reference Lab
>   San Antonio, TX
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From:
>   []On Behalf Of Christine
>   Baker
>   Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 9:55 AM
>   To:
>   Subject: [Histonet] LEG TRANSPORT
>   I have just been told that I cannot use the red bags to transport a leg
>   Surgery to the lab and than to disposal. It is illegal to reach inside
>   bag to remove anything once it has been put in it. I would like to know
>   everyone else is handling this problem. Is there a transport vehicle
that is
>   just for legs? If so where do i get it?
>    Thanking you in advance
>   Christine Baker
>   SRRMC Histology Supervisor
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