Re: gallstones

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From:Donna Carr <>, "'Histonet'" <>
Date:Sun, 28 Mar 1999 13:26:55 -0600
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We do give gallstones to patients who request them.  Though I have a horror story
to tell.  On one occasion the patient was given the gallstones, we place them in a
plastic bag, well rinsed and clean, and put the patients name and info on it.  In
this particular instance the patient was a non English speaking patient and she
ingested the gallstones!!!  Thought that they were medicine!.  We are very careful
to remind the nurses to explain to the patients what they are giving them.  We
have never had them sign a release form, but I think that it is a great idea.
Maybe would have prevented the above incident.   We have had requests for other
specimens but do not give them as they have fixative on them and don't do it just
to prevent any mishaps.  In the case of foreign bodies most times we don't receive
them if the patient wants them the doctor gives them to the patient.
Anyway that is my 2 cents worth, (well maybe 75 cents worth) :)  good luck. wrote:

> How many histonetters are giving gallstones back to patients after their
> surgery?
> Do you have them sign a release? I'm hoping to convince the boss to change the
> way we do this (or not give them out altogether, which is my preference). Any
> input would be helpful.
> Thanks

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