The Muse in Histology

Histology has remained very much the same since the 1800s. If you are interested in a history of it, you can look here. For a science that diagnoses so many diseases, and is fraught with potential to cause patients harm, it is a wonder someone hasn’t come up with a better way to look at…… Continue reading The Muse in Histology

What Happens to a Biopsy

It occurs to me I haven’t described what happens to biopsies and surgical specimens that are sent to the lab. I have written about their loss, their mishandling, and even described a few odd foreign bodies. It’s time to remedy that oversight. The biopsy in question will be a common one from the gut taken…… Continue reading What Happens to a Biopsy

His and Her’s

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

A Perspective

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

Will Your Doctor Tell You When They Error?

  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?

Pink Slip

I didn’t know why Nancy wasn’t at work today, again. I asked and learned she has the rest of the week off. We don’t work the same shift but it was obvious she hadn’t been there because she is one of the powerhouse cutters. What I mean by that is, she cuts a lot and…… Continue reading Pink Slip