: The pathology archive of any hospital is likely to contain tens of thousands of slides and formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks, with their number constantly increasing. As a result, serious space and management issues are created. There has always been a favorable location for the pathology laboratory to rapidly and efficiently collect specimens and to meet the different service requirements of clinicians and patients. However, archiving may be one of the most neglected issues in the planning of spaces and activities, so much so that many laboratories are currently in trouble and looking for space inside and outside their hospitals. Another crucial issue is related to the environmental conditions of the identified preservation place, which, based on their characteristics, probably provide suboptimal habitats in most cases. For FFPE blocks, controlled temperature (<27 °C) and humidity (>30% and <70%) are recommended, with control systems for parasite infestation. For glass slides, systems suitable for guaranteeing their safety, traceability and conservation suitable for possible revision are recommended. The aim of this position paper is to outline the issues that currently exist in archives and to suggest a rational health policy solution to overcome the problems raised.

Impact of a centralized archive for pathology laboratories on the health system

Eccher, Albino
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Scarpa, Aldo;
2023-01-01

Abstract

: The pathology archive of any hospital is likely to contain tens of thousands of slides and formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks, with their number constantly increasing. As a result, serious space and management issues are created. There has always been a favorable location for the pathology laboratory to rapidly and efficiently collect specimens and to meet the different service requirements of clinicians and patients. However, archiving may be one of the most neglected issues in the planning of spaces and activities, so much so that many laboratories are currently in trouble and looking for space inside and outside their hospitals. Another crucial issue is related to the environmental conditions of the identified preservation place, which, based on their characteristics, probably provide suboptimal habitats in most cases. For FFPE blocks, controlled temperature (<27 °C) and humidity (>30% and <70%) are recommended, with control systems for parasite infestation. For glass slides, systems suitable for guaranteeing their safety, traceability and conservation suitable for possible revision are recommended. The aim of this position paper is to outline the issues that currently exist in archives and to suggest a rational health policy solution to overcome the problems raised.
2023
Archive; Formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded blocks; Health system; Slides
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