299 - Care of Surgical Specimens Using the ASAP Method
Description: The pathology of a surgical specimen determines the diagnosis and treatment for the patient. An accurate diagnosis ensures that the patient receives the most effective care plan. Our Health System experience mishandled specimens resulting in failure to provide patients with a diagnosis. Surgical Services established a working group to provide a safer process. The proposed solution emphasized a team approach to specimen handling Awareness Stop Area Positive ("ASAP") defined the case elements and were validated by nursing and surgical team. To minimize the risk of lost or mishandled specimens, Main Line Health System ("MLHS") developed the ASAP method to ensure that all specimens are handled safely from the point of extraction to the final destination for diagnosis. The ASAP method was developed to ensure a multidisciplinary approach; this method utilizes the entire surgical staff, including the surgeon, scrub nurse, circulating nurse, designated specimen transporter along with the pathology department. As a result of this change of practice, we reduced the number of mishandled and lost specimens.
Co-Authors: Maureen Lewis, Patrick Ross, Sandra Meyers, Patricia Vassell