Hand labeling creates the potential for errors that can occur at a number of touch points in the pathology lab as a patient's tissue biopsy is processed.
Errors can include:
In some cases, these types of errors are caught and corrected within the pathology lab. In other cases, mislabeling errors can leave the lab unnoticed.
By reducing the potential for human error, automated labeling protects the integrity of patient samples. Each cassette and slide is given a barcode that, when scanned, tells the histotechnologist which patient the sample belongs to. Ultimately, this means pathologists can be more confident in making the right diagnosis for their patient.
2: Raouf E. Nakhleh, Michael O. Idowu, Rhona J. Souers, Frederick A. Meier, Leonas G. Bekeris, (2011) Mislabeling of Cases, Specimens, Blocks, and Slides: A College of American Pathologists Study of 136 Institutions. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: August 2011, Vol. 135, No. 8, pp. 969-974.