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Am J Clin Pathol. 2007 Feb;127(2):271-2.

The value of inking breast cores to reduce specimen mix-up.

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Department of Pathology, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Miami, FL 33176, USA.

Abstract

Accidental switching of tissue specimens in the histology laboratory can result in significant medical error. We sought to evaluate inking breast core needle specimens as a method to reduce the chance of specimen mix-up. We sequentially inked 1,000 consecutive breast core specimens with 6 different colors. Review of the color of the ink revealed 3 discrepancies: 1 related to blocks being switched, 1 related to incorrect labeling, and 1 was a typographical error. Inking of breast core specimens is a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to help reduce the chance of specimen mix-up.

PMID:
17210528
DOI:
10.1309/YX0R8VX8T4EBQVLA
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