RE: [Histonet] embedding like specimens sequentially

From:"Tague, Curtis"

I'd have your pathologist put the hammer down. He or she would no doubt be happy to see you're desire to improve quality control and reduce the chance any mix up that could lead to legal problems. Explain to them the risks and I'm sure they'll back you.
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From: []On Behalf Of Tapper, Sheila
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 10:21
Subject: [Histonet] embedding like specimens sequentially

Can anyone give me a literature reference that delineates the reasons and process for embedding non-like specimens sequentially?  We are trying to address our PA’s ordering cervical biopsies followed by endocervical curettage biopsies, and breast masses followed by breast core biopsies, etc..  The only thing that seems to drive change is documented literature, not histotechs telling them that this is poor practice, and potential a legal problem.  I don’t need case studies – WE all know them – I need hard and fast rules. 


Thank you in advance!


Sheila Tapper HT(ASCP)

St. Luke’s Hospital



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