RE: [Histonet] Storage question

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

It may seem like a waste of time or money but we were cited by CAP for
not having our Autopsy containers labeled with warning labels.   Our
surgical specimens all have labels when they come from surgery.

Hazel Horn
Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Supervisor of Histology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
800 Marshall    Slot 820
Little Rock, AR   72202

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Peterson, Dan
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 12:43 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Storage question

We've recently been cited by our on-site safety committee for not having
ALL of our specimen containers labeled as containing formalin. Anything
we send out from the lab to outside accounts, all have a warning label.
However, the specimens we collect in-house are placed into plastic
containers and filled appropriately with formalin. We're talking 40-50 a
day. Our staff are the only people to handle the containers from fill to
disposal. I'm just curious as to how other labs are handling this. I
would like to place the HCS label on the outside of the cabinets where
the tissue is stored. We have formaldehyde warning placards on every
door entering the lab. It just seems like a waste of time and money (for
labels) for an unwarranted worry that someone can get into somewhere
they don't belong and mess with something they have no idea of what they
are messing with.

Daniel R Peterson HT(ASCP)
Histopathology Section Head
General Medical Laboratories

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