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Publication Type
Journal Article
Author, Analytic
Coard, Kathleen C.; Gibson, Tracey N.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Pathology
Article Title
Turnaround time in the surgical pathology laboratory
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Journal Title
West Indian Medical Journal
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
1999
Volume ID
48
Issue ID
2
Page(s)
85-87
Language
eng
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ISSN
0043-3144
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Abstract
One measure of the efficiency of a surgical pathology service is the rapidity of reporting the diagnosis to clinicians. The turnaround time (TAT) has been used for this purpose. This study showed that the TAT for 66% of specimens submitted to the surgical pathology laboratory in the University Hospital of the West Indies was within 3 days and for 89% within 6 days. The TAT within 7 days was considered acceptable, but it was shown that it was more than 7 days for 9%, of the specimens submitted. The importance of this information is discussed and recommendations made for identifying more accurately the source of delays in those cases in which the TAT was considered to be unusually prolonged.....
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