Re: [Histonet] RE: Labeling cassettes

From:Victor Tobias


I agree with Janice as we are moving away from pre-labeling. One of our 
programmers just wrote a custom software piece to barcode the specimen, 
from there whoever grosses will scan the specimen barcode and generate 
the cassettes immediately. We will be using the General Data cassette 
labeler which averages 4 seconds per cassette with barcode. The 
information will then be written to PowerPath our LIS.


Victor Tobias
Clinical Applications Analyst
University of Washington Medical Center
Dept of Pathology Room BB220
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195
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Mahoney,Janice A wrote:
> Gary,
> I would strongly caution you not to pre-label your cassettes in big batches.  You will be starting a process that will produce more errors than you can believe.  "I'm a believer" in single piece flow.  One at a time will greatly reduce numbering errors.
> Jan
> Omaha, NE
> ________________________________________
> From: [] On Behalf Of Martin, Gary []
> Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 2:47 PM
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> Subject: [Histonet] Labeling cassettes
> Our Pathologist presently label the cassettes at the time of grossing.
> We have decided it would be better for the someone else to do that task.
> We have a very small grossing area, and we will be labeling by hand.  I
> am looking to the group for ideas concerning;
>                 1) When are cassettes labeled ... when the specimens are
> stocked or at accessioning ...
>                 2) How are the cassettes stored before the days grossing
> take place.  Remembering we have a small area ... the table will need to
> be clear for frozen sections, etc.
>                 3)  Is there a resource for typical number of cassettes
> for particular specimens.  The pathologists are having difficulty
> agreeing on that issue.
> Thanks as always
> Gary
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