RE: Medical Devices

From:Sheila Poellein <>

We have a list of specimens that are exempt from pathological examination.
This list was approved by the depts of surgery and pathology.  Medical
devices, ie pacemakers and orthopedic hardware, are on this list.  Surgery
does complete a "No Specimen" form for our documentation.  This form is very
similar to our pathology requisition.  All they have to do is put a patient
label on the form and circle the correct specimen, since all the exempt
specimens are listed on this form.  We maintain this for our records.

-----Original Message-----
From: Barnhart, Tammy []
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 6:55 AM
To: histonet@pathology. swmed. edu (E-mail)
Subject: Medical Devices

I was wondering how other labs handle medical devices sent from surgery.  We
have had a policy not to receive these devices because we don't really know
the condition they were in when they were removed form the patient.  We have
felt the op report was a better way to document the removal and condition of
these devices.  However, we are curious about the standard of practice in
other labs.  Any and all replies would be welcome!

Tammy Barnhart, BS, HTL (ASCP)
Supervisor, Anatomic Pathology Department
St. Alexius Medical Center
Bismarck, ND

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