• Dinah Marie Cabrera posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    • Histopathology is the art and science of studying and interpreting the forms, sizes, and patterns of cells and tissues in a given clinical situation, and is the science of placing an image within the context of pathobiology knowledge in order to provide an appropriate diagnosis.
      • From what I’ve understood from the article, testing specimens in the laboratory involves 3 phases namely: pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases. In each of these phases, pathological errors and risks exposures were identified.
        • In the pre-analytical phase, pathological mistakes throughout this phase had the highest occurrence rate, ranging from 53.3% to 92.9%. In their investigation, inadequate specimen quality is the most common frequent sort of error with a high incidence rate up to 47.0% (Mariana et al., 2018).

          In the analytical phase, errors within this phase are met with a wide range of frequencies from 4% to 42.1% and the most common form of error relates to the inaccuracy of interpretation with serious consequence on both patient and pathologist (Mariana et al., 2018).

          In the post-analytical phase, errors falling in this phase are less prevalent than those in the preceding phase, with a rate up to 8%. The commonly encountered errors in this phase are the following: wrong validation of data, a delay in TAT, and improper data entry (Mariana et al., 2018).

          • Along with these, several risks exposure in the lab were also identified. This includes physical risks (e.g., eye injury, laceration lesion, etc.), chemical risks (e.g., accidental inhalation of chemicals), biological risks (e.g., frequent exposure to pathogenic microorganisms), and many more. That is why it is important to evaluate each of these potential risks to identify and incorporate preventive safety measures.
            • All in all, I’ve come to learn that the histopathology department have a very crucial role in establishing a proper and conclusive result because its appropriateness, accuracy, and correctness leads to an effective therapy and complete recovery for the patient. Moreover, during the progression of these phases, risks and safety issues pertaining to personnel must also be addressed. All physical, chemical, and biological risks or hazards must be identified in order to analyze, comprehend, and apply preventative actions. The implementation of safety and accident prevention in the laboratory creates not only a conducive atmosphere for all lab activities but protects both patients and employees as well.
              • For more information regarding laboratory safety in the histopathology laboratory, kindly watch this video:

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