RE: [Histonet] Lost specimens

From:Tony Henwood

Some specimens, eg mucoid aspirates or waxy ear accumulations, do not
survive processing. In these cases the processing cassette containing the
paper or foam, which was supposed to contain the specimen, is allowed to
cool and the cassette is filed with the other cassettes belonging to the
case (audit trail) and a comment such as "tissue did not survive processing"
is included in the report.


Tony Henwood JP, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager
The Children's Hospital at Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Bryhan [mailto:mbryhan@NORTHERNHEALTH.ORG] 
Sent: Wednesday, 20 October 2004 11:50 PM
Cc: Ellen Clausen-Simon; Shawn Leslie; Lee Anne Whipp
Subject: [Histonet] Lost specimens


Our pathologists have given us the task of benchmarking "lost specimens".
We are trying to find out what other labs do when something does not survive
processing.  Any info. would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Bryhan

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