Excellent job last month with just five residents on surgical pathology. Thanks to our devoted PA student, Annie, for her help.
Please use the bigs assignment algorithm when assigning bigs. Refer to the algorithm on the website, and ask questions of senior residents/and or PAs if needed.
Recall that the new "IN" (Intraop) specimen class is used for specimens that are sent from the OR suites in the CCD and the "LD" specimen class for those that come from Labor & Delivery. These specimens still get a normal (S18-#####) surgical pathology number. However, occasional Histochemical or IHC stains are not orderable on these specimen classes. If you come across any such stains that are unorderable, please contact Dr. Cipriani, Charlene, or Julie Leanse to fix the problem.
Please double-check specimens for a"gross only" request on the requisition, to ensure that these are indeed being signed out as gross only, without submission for histology. If questions arise, ask a PA or attending.
Please don't use the diamond saw for arthroplasty specimens -- use the Stryker saw for these. The diamond saw is a delicate instrument, so please reserve it for specimens like mandibulectomies, osteochondroma resections, and other delicate bony specimens. The band saw (in the morgue) is for large bony tumor resections (femurs, tibias, humeri, etc).