From:"Douglas D Deltour"

If we had the luxury of time we would label our slides as we go but we are
on timelines and deadlines. I print up the slides from the grossing sheet
during the day and the work is cut at night/early morning. For the average
hospital it may work out fine to label as you go but if you are doing 500+
slides a night it is another story. 

Douglas D. Deltour HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Professional Pathology Services, PC
One Science Court
Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29203
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Renko,
Heather D.
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 2:27 PM
Subject: [Histonet] SLIDE PRE-LABELING

Additionally, I agree with René and we too pre label our slides/20 at a time
and it works very well for our facility.

Which is the key statement here!  You must set up many road blocks to
prevent error, whether its before you cut the slide or after and there are
many that can share how they do this.  We as a department pay very close
attention to the number on the block when we put it on the microtome as one
of many checks.  Then as you are putting your twenty slides into the
staining rack we then cross reference them to the block order, we then lay
them out and check blocks after they are stained.   For us this works very
well with little error.  For other labs this might create error!  I prefer
this method of slide preparation to labeling them one by one.  If there are
too many errors with one individual then maybe it is an attention problem
and maybe that might be addressed.  There is no one way to do anything in a
histology lab, we just simply need to develop the system/flow that works
best for the department and for the techs doing the slide preparation.  When
I look at flow and procedure; accurate, timely patient care is my only
concern.  Happy Friday!!

Heather Renko, Histology Coordinator
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108

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