RE: [Histonet] Pre-labeling glass slides

From:"Douglas D Deltour"

I wouldn't say that the pre-labeling caused it. I would say a lack of
attention by the cutting tech caused it. :) 

It is more time consuming (IMO) to label the slides as you go. What if you
are using a slide printer? Would you want to get up and make a slide for
every block? 

There just needs to be steps in place to catch errors before the Pathologist

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Carmen
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 12:20 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Pre-labeling glass slides

Recently, I heard of a slide mislabeling that occurred in another histo lab
that they determined to be caused by pre-labeling slides before actual use
at the microtome.  This lab said that if the slides would of been labeled
simultaneously (per their policy) as the blocks being cut, the mislabeling
would of been prevented.  My lab currently pre-labels all of slides before
cutting a sequence of 10-20 blocks, which I thought was common practice.  My
question is, what is common practice?  Do other labs have policies
forbidding pre-labeling of glass slides? 


Carmen Leschuk, HT, SLS (ASCP)
Supervisor, SJMO-Anatomic Pathology

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