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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 234-238

Surgical specimen handover from operation theater to laboratory: A survey

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

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Dr. Reshma Poothakulath Krishnan
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DOI: 10.4103/ams.ams_51_18

PMID: 30693238

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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.

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