RE: CAP article on release of tissues

From:Tony Henwood

Yes we have a release procedure as follows:

Policy for the return of biopsy specimens to patients

  1. Request is received and action approved by the Pathologist involved with the case
  2. Specimens are not usually released until one month after the report has been verified.
  3. The specimen is washed in gentle running water for one hour minimum.
  4. The biopsy is blotted dry and sealed in a plastic bag
  5. The bag is labelled with CH@W, patient's name and the Biopsy accession number.
  6. The specimen is placed in a small esky or similar container.
  7. A copy of the 10% formalin MSDS is attached to the specimen.
  8. The details of the transfer are recorded on the attached release form, a copy is given to the parents and the original is attached to the specimen report.
  9. Explanation is given to the parents regarding the possible hazardous nature of the specimen ie

The above information is included on the Release Form

Tony Henwood JP, BappSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager
The Children's Hospital at  Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: (02) 9845 3306
Fax: (02) 9845 3318


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeannie Heck []
Sent: Friday, 25 October 2002 6:51
To: Histonet
Subject: CAP article on release of tissues

In the recent CAP Today magazine there is an article on release of tissues to the patient and they suggest using a specimen release form. Does anyone have a form in use? If you do will you send an example via histonet or contact me directly at

Thanks in advance.

Jeannie Heck HT(ASCP)

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