Re: [Histonet] RE: Labeling cassettes

From:Patti Loykasek

Hi Victor. That sounds like a lovely system. I have a quick question. Are
you printing out slides or slide labels, too? If so, what system are you
using? Thanks. 


Patti Loykasek BS, HTL, QIHC
PhenoPath Laboratories
Seattle, WA

> Gary,
> 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=2C
> 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
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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
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>> 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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