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Safe specimen transfer from the theatre to the lab

Last updated: 22nd February, 2017

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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