Journal Article
. 2019 Mar; 151(6):607-612.
doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqz009.

Frozen-Section Checklist Implementation Improves Quality and Patient Safety

Yigu Chen 1 Kevin R Anderson 1 Jia Xu 1 Jeffrey D Goldsmith 1 Yael K Heher 1 
  • PMID: 30892600
  •     4 citations


Objectives: An intraoperative consultation (IOC) checklist was developed and implemented aimed at standardizing slide labeling and monitoring metrics central to quality and safety in surgical pathology.

Design: Data were collected for all IOC cases over a 9-month period. Slide labeling defect rates and IOC turnaround time (TAT) were recorded and compared for the pre- and postimplementation periods.

Results: In total, 839 IOC cases were analyzed. Preintervention slide labeling showed that 85% of cases contained at least one defect (n = 565). Postintervention data revealed that 27% of cases contained at least one defect (n = 274). The improvement was statistically significant (P < .001). Mean TAT was 21.6 minutes preintervention vs 23.2 minutes postintervention, and the change was insignificant (P = .071).

Conclusions: The implementation of a standardized IOC reduced slide labeling error. This improvement did not affect mean TAT and may have the increased quality of IOC TAT data reporting. Other metrics affecting patient safety and quality were monitored and standardized.

Keywords: Frozen section; Intraoperative consultation; Patient safety; Quality improvement; Safety.

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