I have seen the mistakes surgeons make. I have seen the mistakes pathologists make. They would argue I have no idea what I have seen because I only have four years of education while they have eleven or more. It takes no degree to recognize some kinds of mistakes. For instance, a surgeon once decided…… Continue reading Who is Watching?
A block was found instead of lost this week. This is 2017. It was a block from 2013. That means the lab report was delayed four years. I’ve heard labs are slow. The block was found because we have a person in the lab that likes to clean. For some reason they decided to clean…… Continue reading It Was Where?
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
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
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 common in the field of pathology that one pathologist is not certain of a diagnosis. The pathologist is the type of doctor that reads the slides I prepare in the histology lab. They can look at the slide and usually they can see what is wrong with the patient. They can tell if…… Continue reading Consults
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