Re: Surgical Pathology Requisitions

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From:Tim Morken <> (by way of histonet)
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I went through this two years ago but in the other direction. The nurses
were fed up with all the different forms we had for the whole lab and
our complaints concerning how often they sent specimens with the wrong
forms. It took almost a year to come up with one form to cover specimens
for the entire lab. One of the key points was that we gave the
clinicians less choices on the form and then made decisions in the lab
as to where the specimen should go for certain tests. Obviously there
were alot of meetings to get to that point. In the end it worked very
well as all specimens (except biopsies and surgical specimens) went
through a central specimen recieving area (originally only samples for
chemistry went to central receiving). Even histology specimens were sent
on the one form, however.

Believe me, this simplified things greatly. The nurses now had to worry
only about one form and the only lab that got things sent directly was
Anatomic Pathology. In that case it was very simple to know that any
tissue sample went to "Histo." For microbiolgy we would receive tissue
for culture, split off a piece for histo and then send the rest to them.

I would recommend very strongly against having separate requisitions for
the various tissue samples you get. It will only make things worse. If
we could deal with the entire lab on one form, I'm sure you can deal
with Histology only on one form!

Tim Morken, B.S., EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Infectious Disease Pathology
Centers for Disease Control
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333


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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 17:43:00 -0600
From: "Hinton, Sandy" <>
Subject: Surgical Pathology Requisitions
To: 'Histology Network' <>

We are currently in the process of revising our Surgical Pathology
Currently the requisition that we are using is generic.
Some of our Pathologists would like to have service specific
requisitions(Example:GYN,GI). The other suggestion is to have a service
specific worksheet which would be attached to the Surg Path requisition.
I would appreciate input on what you're doing in other hospital
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Sandy Hinton

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