Re: [Histonet] barcode labels vs handwritten

From:Victor Tobias

Accountability can be handled through computer software and workflow. 
When a tech is ready to cut a block, they scan the bar coded block and 
the labels or slides are printed. Who scanned and cut the block is 
captured in the LIS. Not all systems are there yet, but progress is 
moving rapidly in this direction.


Victor Tobias
Clinical Applications Analyst
University of Washington Medical Center
Dept of Pathology Room BB220
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Seattle, WA 98195
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Jesus Ellin wrote:
> I understand the issues that you are going through at this time and how to go forward with this project,, I feel that barcoding is going to open new doors within the Histology field,, we will be able to fill the gaps and begin to enter a new area of process workflows and techniques within our departments and facilities,, The hardest thing is to choose the correct project or gradient for success,, We here at Yuma Regional went through several phases of barcoding, with applying lean concepts,, we came to discover alot of pros and cons on both sides of the coin,, but very little cons,, We started out using single "D" barcoding with paper labels as you all,, but noticed several issues with them,, 1. To make sure that you purchase quality lables and #2 That they can withstand the staining process,, but finding a vendor for labels was not difficult, and intially the labels staying on there was not a problem,, but over time when either there needs to be re slipping of the slide or slides stuck together within a drawer,, we found that no label no matter how much we were assured by the vendor they ended up failing,, there are also issue with coverslipping, at times the labels cause the cover slip to not sit right on the slide or if we labeled them after the staining process we were spending additional time,, so we ended up going to a slide writer that has reduced alot of time wasted on slide issue, it improved quality and it is dependable,, we also changedc to 2D barcodes will allow for additional programming for future project builds..  I would say that we as a field need to embrace this technology sooner than later and also look to the future at what this technology can bring,, if any one has any questions feel free email or call me.
> Jesus Ellin  HT/PA  ASCP
> Yuma Regional Medical Center
> Department of Pathology
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