RE: [Histonet] Surgical specimens

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

We have someone from surgery to bring our specimens to the lab.   They
deliver several times a day.  The clinics bring their specimens to us as

Hazel Horn
Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Supervisor of Histology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
800 Marshall    Slot 820
Little Rock, AR   72202

phone   501.364.4240
fax        501.364.3912

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bernice
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 7:35 AM
To: 'Cheryl R. Kerry'; 'Vacca Jessica';
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Surgical specimens

Having worked in a small hospital where we ran to surgery (it was one
up)to a large hospital- larger hospitals may have a circuator to pick up
drop off. At Northwestern the gross room is next to surgery so the OR
them in the fridge themselves. Same for Advocate Christ Hospital. 
The grossed tissue is then transported by the residents and or gross
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
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
depending on the staffing situation and sometimes the nurse staff ran
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
deal and having a laminated 'check list' sort of reminder with an
posted at the log did wonders to keep the problems in ID and mislabeling
under control.  Having the runner (circulator, tech, nurse) sign stuff
(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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