RE: [Histonet] barcode labels vs handwritten

From:"Stapf, Ross"

I'm very interested in this subject.  I've thought of using this approach for labeling slides.  However, I am nervous about the labels staying on years down the line.  Also there is the double check of the handwriting.  There are 2 checks of identity when handwriting first, but there are also 2 opportunities to mislabel the slide.

What is best practice with only using barcoded labels and not handwriting?  Is the practice widespread enough that there is a consensus.

Ross M Stapf
Histopathology Manager
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
214-820-4110 fax

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Angela Bitting
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 8:37 AM
To: histonet
Subject: [Histonet] barcode labels vs handwritten

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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