RE: Frozen turnaround time

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From:"Nocito, Joseph" <>
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we also have a log sheet in the frozen room.  The tech logs in the time
received, the time the slide was ready and the time the doctor reported to
the surgeon. At the end of the month, I"ll total the number of cases, the
time from receipt of specimen to the time the pathologist reports the
diagnosis, then come up with an average. For over a year, our turn around
time has been about 12 minutes.  The frozen section room is right outside
surgery.  The pathologists 99% of the time go into the O.R. to give the
surgeon a verbal report.  Hope this helps

Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
San Antonio, Texas 

> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent:	Friday, March 31, 2000 6:08 AM
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> Subject:	Frozen turnaround time
> I am interested in how different labs track the frozen turnaround time. 
> Currently we have a log sheet in the frozen area, the OR nurse that brings
> the specimen in is the one that logs the specimen, pt info and arrival
> time. 
> The pathologist then fills in the diagnosis, completed time and initials.
> CAP 
> says that 90% of frozens should have a turnaround of 20 min or less. How
> are 
> other labs tracking this? Are other labs tracking every frozen or just 
> periodically?
> Thank you for your input,
> Sandi McCollum
> Histology Supervisor
> All Saints Hospital
> Ft. Worth, TX

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