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Ann Maxillofac Surg. 2018 Jul-Dec;8(2):234-238. doi: 10.4103/ams.ams_51_18.

Surgical Specimen Handover from Operation Theater to Laboratory: A Survey.

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Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, SIMATS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract

Introduction:

Essential communication between surgeons and pathologists is required when a specimen is transferred from operation theater to a laboratory. Any errors during transferring of specimen can lead to serious consequences such as wrong diagnosis, inappropriate treatment, reoperations, and physical and emotional disaster.

Aim:

To evaluate the incidence of mishaps and misses during the transfer of specimen from operation theater to pathology department.

Methodology:

This cross-sectional study was conducted among the oral and maxillofacial surgeons and postgraduate students of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. A self-administered questionnaire containing 15 questions pertaining to entry, collection, preservation, and transport of specimens to the laboratory was made. The questionnaire was validated and later distributed to the participants.

Results:

Our study showed that there are misses and mishaps during the entry, collection, preservation, and transport of specimen to the laboratory. 97.1% of participants reported that they require a checklist during the transfer of specimen.

Conclusion:

Use of checklist can reduce mishaps and communication failures which is an initial link for reporting.

KEYWORDS:

Artifacts; checklist; pathology; specimen transfer

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