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A new approach to minimise the problem of patient to patient contamination in histology

Australian Journal of Medical Science
Volume 33 Issue 2 (Jun 2012)

Abstract: The histology laboratory at Monash Medical Centre undertook an extensive investigation of its work practices (from specimen receipt to reporting of the cut section) with an agenda to eliminate the presence of tissue contaminants on diagnostic slides. Fragments of tissue from other patients can contaminate test slides presenting the pathologists with a diagnostic dilemma. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with senior and principal scientists in the Anatomical Pathology department and the Southern Health Network quality team. The results of the investigation revealed that what is considered normal histological practices could be dramatically improved. In response to the report a number of changes were adopted and implemented to work practices. To evaluate the effectiveness of the changes we examined a total of 200 patient cases (572 slides) for the presence of tissue contaminants on slides for cases performed both before and after the implementation of changes.

To cite this article: Laslowski, Alex and Savino, Rosemary. A new approach to minimise the problem of patient to patient contamination in histology [online]. Australian Journal of Medical Science, Vol. 33, No. 2, Jun 2012: 42-47. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=548320687420061;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1038-1643. [cited 26 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Laslowski, Alex; Savino, Rosemary; Source: Australian Journal of Medical Science, Vol. 33, No. 2, Jun 2012: 42-47 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1038-1643 Subject: Laboratories--Equipment and supplies; Histology, Pathological; Patients--Care; Biopsy; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Department of Anatomical Pathology 246 Clayton Road, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, VIC 3168, Victoria, email: Alex.Laslowski@southernhealth.org.au
(2) Department of Anatomical Pathology, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria

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