Telephone Notification of Critical Results on Tissues

From:Alex Knisely

Our report format contains a slot for documentation of just this sort of
event -- it's headed "Clinician Contact" and "Discussed by telephone
with..." or "Report text supplied electronically to..." can be pegged in
with a mouseclick.  The printed report includes that documentation in
footnote-size type.

Alex K

>Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 14:44:51 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Re: Calling of Critical Results on Tissues
>X-MailScanner: Found to be clean
>Our pathologists usually make the call as to whether a case needs to be 
>phoned, even if it has arrived marked urgent. They then either phone and Fax 
>the result.<<
>Pathologists do quite a lot of phoning of important results. We often forget 
>to document the phone call in the final report, though we're being told - 
>like by the lawyers - that it's awfully important to do so. 
>I usually write something like "Dr. Smith (telephoned at 1100 on 5-3-2002) 
>describes an encircling mass seen in the rectosigmoid at endoscopy."
>Bob Richmond
>Samurai Pathologist
>Knoxville TN
Alex Knisely, MD
Consultant Histopathologist
Institute of Liver Studies
King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London  SE5 9RS  UK
+44 (0)20 - 7346 - 3125 telefax
+44 (0)20 - 7346 - 4627 office

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