Histology slide labeling errors

From:"Norman, Barbara"

Would greatly appreciate your comments and any suggestion that you may have
on the issue concerning labeling errors.
Our department does realize that the acceptable level of labeling errors is
zero. We are all aware of the serious problems that can arise if labeling
errors are not addressed. We are very conscientious about providing the
patient with the best service while preserving the patients identity. 
Our procedure dictates that slides are labeled at the time of sectioning and
before they are signed out they are rechecked and checked again when the
permanent paper label is applied.
There have been times when the pathologist did receive slides that were
mislabeled. It was brought back into the department and checked and
re-labeled. This error is unacceptable by a few of our pathologists, and my
concern is that they are also responsible to read each label, thus
maintaining another QC review.
Last month the department produced close to 6000 slides and 4 slides were
mislabeled, ( a positive control was labeled negative and the negative was
labeled positive (for IHC).
Please help fellow Histologist, How are you handling these errors at your

Many thanks,
B.L. Norman
Naples, FL

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