RE: [Histonet] embedding like specimens sequentially

From:"Horn, Hazel V"


 To help avoid issues with like specimens we color code them.  The first case of GI will be yellow, the next orange, the next pink...etc.      The resident dictates the color of the cassette as well.   It works great for a small lab like ours.    We then follow with putting the yellow casettes on yellow slides, orange on orange slide....etc.       It does help us as we get many GI biopsies.
Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Phone - 501.364.4240
Fax - 501.364.3912
-----Original Message-----
From: Tague, Curtis []
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 1:40 PM
To: Tapper, Sheila
Cc: Histonet (E-mail)
Subject: RE: [Histonet] embedding like specimens sequentially

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.
-----Original Message-----
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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