RE: [Histonet] Surgical specimens

From:"Bernice Frederick"

Having worked in a small hospital where we ran to surgery (it was one floor
up)to a large hospital- larger hospitals may have a circuator to pick up and
drop off. At Northwestern the gross room is next to surgery so the OR places
them in the fridge themselves. Same for Advocate Christ Hospital. 
The grossed tissue is then transported by the residents and or gross room
techs to the histology lab for processing.

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Cheryl R.
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 4:02 PM
To: 'Vacca Jessica';
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Surgical specimens

Hi Jessica-

I've been in facilities that handled it either way--and some that did both
depending on the staffing situation and sometimes the nurse staff ran stuff
by on their way home.  As long as there was consistency in being checked
before being checked in, it went well.  

Orienting the new folks to the procedure was the most important part of the
deal and having a laminated 'check list' sort of reminder with an example
posted at the log did wonders to keep the problems in ID and mislabeling
under control.  Having the runner (circulator, tech, nurse) sign stuff in
(keeping them responsible) was an important part of the process.

My two-cents!


Cheryl Kerry, HT(ASCP)
Full Staff Inc
Staffing the AP Lab - One great tech at a time!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Vacca
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 3:40 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Surgical specimens

Those of you that are hospital based........... Does surgery bring their
surgical specimens to you or do you go to surgery to pick them up? We
currently go to surgery, but since we are so short staffed...Did I
mention we have a FT HT/HTL position available???? I'm going to present
to my Lab director to see if I can get a "circulator" to deliver the
specimens? Just wanted to get a consensus.

Jessica Vacca
Histology Supervisor
Brandon Regional Hospital
119 Oakfield Drive
Brandon,FL 33511
813-571-5169 Fax

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