Returning Specimen to Patient

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From:"Becky Scholes" <>
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Hi, Histonetters,

My facilty reluctantly sends tonsils and gallstones home with patients after 
gross description and diagnosis, with the same protocol stated by so many 
other of you Histonetters.  I recently heard a horror story, that makes me 
want to decline from sending them out ever again.  Tonsils were sent home 
with a boy after his surgery.  Later, the family's toddler came down the 
hallway, container in hand, with one tonsil in his mouth, the other already 
swallowed.  Can't you see the same thing happening to gallstones?  It 
wouldn't be as diastrous, but they also were in contact with formalin.

Becky Scholes
Ia. Path. Assoc.
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