That title sounds like I’m going to talk about organ donation. I’m not in the literal sense. I am in another sense and it is one that helps many people. Last month, while I was enjoying my Christmas feast and unwrapping presents, we had a patient experience liver failure. Eventually he/she had to have the…… Continue reading The Gift of Liver
The photo is of two different types of biopsies embedded in two paraffin blocks. These are the what we make in histology from every biopsy and surgical specimen. I will tell you what types of biopsies are in these two blocks soon, but first I want to explain why I have shown them to you.…… Continue reading His and Her’s
It is usually easy for me to find topics to write about. I need only pay attention at work. For instance, I was cutting a bloody autopsy block when I remembered the H1N1 block I had cut years ago. With all the discussion still surrounding vaccines, I thought it was a good time to share…… Continue reading Computers in the Lab
In 2009, in the middle of the H1N1 flu pandemic, I cut an autopsy block that was mostly clotted blood. I knew the H1N1 killed by filling lungs with blood. It was unsettling to have a block like that in my hand. Had the person really died from H1N1? At the time, there was all…… Continue reading H1N1
I have a medical condition that necessitated a couple of surgeries and several years of hospital based treatments. My insurance was not accepted at the hospital where I worked, which was the best hospital in the area. Because of that, and because I couldn’t afford the tens of thousands of dollars my healthcare would cost…… Continue reading As a Patient
When I go to work and see the same mistakes happen again and again, I get discouraged. I see the way some techs work, their poor skills, their unwillingness to improve. I see supervision addressing the problems of broken equipment, budgets, scheduling, and not work habits that cause delays, errors, and poor results. I began…… Continue reading A Perspective
A case I remember well involved a simple endometrial scraping, a curetting, a common type of specimen. An error occurred and it nearly resulted in a patient getting treatment for cancer that she didn’t have. As a patient, do you think the lab should have reported this error? It caused the patient no harm.…… Continue reading Will Your Doctor Tell You When They Error?