[Histonet] barcode labels vs handwritten

From:"Angela Bitting"

Hi Folks,

I am running into resistance with a few of our pathologists regarding the use of barcoded labels. They want us to handwrite our slides and then apply our permanent labels over top of that. We are using the Stainershield labels that are solvent-resistant. We eliminated the step of relabeling our slides with the permanent labels at the sorting area, and began having the cutter label their slides with the permanent labels at the microtome area as part of a Lean workflow initiative.
However, a few of our Pathologists like having the handwriting underneath the label so they can see who cut the slide if it is of poor quality. Also, if they think it is mislabeled they say that gives them a clue as to where the slide really came from.
I guess I feel like, if the slide is mislabeled it doesn't matter where it came from, it still needs to be recut from the correct block. 
I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions about this issue.


Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP)
Technical Specialist, Histology
Geisinger Medical Center 
100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
Danville, PA 17822
phone  570-214-9634
fax  570-271-5916 
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