Re: Frozen turnaround time

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We always had a time clock in the gross/frozen rm.
that you slide the req into and the clock would punch
in the "receipt" time.

When the pathologist signed out the case, the tech who
cut the frozen would be responsible for clocking out
the same document and recording the total time on the

That may be a little old fashion now, I don't know,
but it worked.

Scott Taft HT(ASCP)
Tucson AZ

--- wrote:
> 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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