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Safe specimen transfer from the theatre to the lab

This is part one in the blog post series:  Milestone’s Chain of Custody

Other posts:
Standardization in specimen description at the grossing station
Optimization and documentation at the fixation step
Standardisation of decalcification for optimum molecular testing

To avoid degradation of tissue specimens from the surgical room to the laboratory, the specimens are traditionally placed into a fixative, commonly formalin. However, prefilled containers or empty containers to be filled with formalin can lead to health exposure of the surgical room staff should any spills happen. It may even lead to suspending the blocks’ operations.

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Optimization and documentation of the fixation step

This is part three in the blog post series: Milestone’s chain of custody

Previous posts:
Safe specimen transfer from the theatre to the lab >
Standardization in specimen description at the grossing station >

The journey of the tissue sample from a patient to an accurate, stained slide which can be evaluated by a pathologist involves numerous steps.  An optimal pre-analytical or pre-stain part of the process is a pre-requisite to reliable and accurate results.

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