Re: [Histonet] Pre-labeling glass slides

From:Rene J Buesa

  Labelling the slides BEFORE they are used is the normal and logical practice. In this way the slides can be ready beforehand. The thing is that if the person using the slides does NOT pay attention, the "misslabelling" can occur.
  On the other hand the amount of time you could WASTE by leballing simultaneously while sectioning is astronomical.
  The good practice is to have a log with the blocks to section, prepare all the labelled slides in the needed amount and  BEFORE sectioning the blocks, match slides to blocks and that is all you have to do.
  Sloppines and carelessnes are the roots of any mistake in histology. The solution is to pay attention, not to misuse a slides writing machine.
  René J.

Carmen Leschuk  wrote:
  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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