The worst place to be mistaken for someone else is in the pathology lab.

Anatomic pathology labs today face critical shortages in technicians, along with increasing demands to produce better quality results, faster.

Patient safety is a priority in anatomic pathology laboratories worldwide; still, a great deal remains to be done. In the United States, eight percent of tissue slides are cross-contaminated in the traditional H&E staining process and more than one in 1000 are misidentified due to human error.*,**

When real patient results are at risk, even a small margin of error is unacceptable. Now, more than ever, we must safeguard every patient...every step of the way.

Here, you will learn about pathology lab process errors that compromise the integrity of patient results, and the solutions that can put your lab on a safer path.

Tissue Cross Contamination & Misdiagnosis:
Larry Reece

Awareness is the first step. Patient safety is the goal.


* Mislabeling of cases, specimens, blocks, and slides, Nakhleh et al, Arch Pathol Lab Med, Vol 135, August 2011

** Tissue floaters and contaminants in the histology laboratory, Platt et al, Arch Pathol Lab Med, Vol 133, June 2009

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