RE: [Histonet] Log for specimens

From:Dawn Cowie

We have the PA's write on the side of the cassette the number of pieces that are in the cassette. This is especially helpful if the pieces are very small, you know when you open the cassette how many pieces you are looking for. We have an exception log that we write in if there are missing pieces at embedding. This saves time from having to stop and check a paper log for each cassette.

Tom McNemar  wrote:
  We have a small form (1/2 sheet) that is carboned for multiple copies. The grossing person just writes any special instructions (embedding, stains, etc.) on it. We then have have it for embedding and a copy for each cutter. Works very well.Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Marcia
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 5:54 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Log for specimens

With the new technology -paper no more- how are most labs documenting to the embedding staff how many
specimens should be in the cassette to embed. For example there are three small biopsy in the bag to embed
and all need to be accounted for when they are being embedding. With the old embedding log
it was hand written by clerk or PA now there are times that the gross description is not available
at the time of embedding. The PA could write on the side of the cassette but I was interested in
how other folks are following through. 

Thanks to all for your help I know we are all so busy but it is so helpful to have great 
information and knowledge from our Histo folks for all of us that have been around since, well
you know.


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