Re: Placenta block storage

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From:Sharon M Tipton <>
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Hello Samurai,
I haven't been able to come up with any references yet on the placenta block
storage issue. I asked my pathologist, and he said that it was requested at
one of the meetings with the OB/GYN docs. Suppose they read some OB/GYN
journal and got the idea? I'll keep digging.
 I also found out that they actually want us to store the blocks for 23
years.(Will they sue if the kid makes it through college, but doesn't get a
GOOD job?!!)-Shar (drowning in a sea of blue blocks)

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Subject: Placenta block storage

> In a message dated 5/20/00, Sharon Tipton (Histochick) writes:
> << Recently the OB-GYN docs requested that we keep placenta blocks for
> 21 or so  years - from birth to adulthood - "just in case" We put these
> tissues in blue cassettes for easy identification. Is that politically
> correct?!!! (Please don't tell me I have to add pink to be fair!) - Shar
> This is something I've been wondering about. The basic lawyer-type
> is here: if your kid flunks out of college, sue the obstetrician that
> delivered him - eighteen years, plus discovery. Then presumably the old
> slides - and perhaps the five-odd paraffin blocks - need to be resurrected
> the obstetrician's defense.
> Can you ask your OB-GYN's if they have references suggesting this
> I've rather thought that this request would eventually come up.
> In the present turmoil of American medicine, one thinks that rather few of
> our present pathology services will be around 20 years from now. I wonder
> the next request will be for centralized long-term archiving of placenta
> slides and blocks.
> Or maybe wet tissue in all its gory glory. The mind begins to boggle, in a
> nation with 5% of the world's population and 75% of its lawyers.
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist
> Knoxville TN

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