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How The Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray   design can contribute to your institutional patient safety program.


The Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray is the product of multiple decades of experience of a practicing pathologist and laboratory scientist.  The patented design has multiple features to help you reduce the potential for specimen labeling errors and mix-ups, helping improve the quality, and confidence, of the results you provide to the patients and physicians you serve.


Let's look at some of these features....

Dedicated receptacles for the common elements of your surgical pathology specimens.

1. Specimen Jar Holders. 

The tray provides ability to hold up to four specimens from a patient.  The jar cutout can accommodate jars of various  diameters (depending on the tray size in use), with the ability to "grip" and hold the jar securely in place.  Why four?  Most patients have between two and three specimens in a "case", allowing for all of the specimens from the individual patient to be held in one tray.  If a patient has more, then just add a second (or more) tray to organize up to an unlimited number of specimens. 


Note:  The tray is designed to hold ONE set of patient specimens at a time.  We do NOT recommend using a tray for more than one patient at a time.

Using this system allows the jars to be place in order, and KEEPS them in order, resulting in less chance of inter-patient specimen mix-ups.  In addition, this system increases EFFICIENCY of the gross room systems and personnel by helping reduce the need to "unscramble" the confusion of specimens that may be otherwise loose in the gross table queue. 

2. Tissue Cassette Holders. 

Each specimen jar receptacle is matched with a site where up to two labelled histology cassettes may be inserted that match the specimen jar accession number.  This provides for improved continuity and decreased confusion from when the specimen is accessioned and the cassette is printed/labeled and the time the specimen is moved to the gross table for gross examination and tissue submission for histologic preparation.

3. Integrated Requisition / Paperwork Holder.

Any paperwork or accessioning forms that are submitted or generated for the specimen can be inserted into the paperwork slot.  This keeps all paperwork neatly organized and maintained with the patient specimen bottles and the histology tissue cassettes.  In addition, other elements, such as additional printed labels, etc. can be inserted into the slot for organization.

4. Color Code Options.

The Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray (TM) is delivered in 6 vibrant colors.   Here are some ideas on how this unique element can be used for your patient-safety program.


Colors may be selected and used for various specimen types (i.e."yellow" for urologic specimens; "red" for breast or cervix; "blue" for prostate; "purple" for GI; "white" for general surgical pathology, etc. - It's up to you to determine how to assign the colors.)  By using the tray color in this manner, gross room personnel can quickly visually identify similar type specimens in the gross table queue that are back-to-back.  By eliminating back-to-back placement of similar specimen types, the potential for undetected specimen-to-specimen carry-over contamination can be reduced.


Colors may also be selected for various criteria, such as different specimen location sources.  This may be very helpful when specimens from various hospitals or locations are all processed in a single centralized laboratory.  The use for other color-coding purposes is only limited by your imagination!

5. Smooth, Water Resistant, Writable Surface

The Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray surface is a smooth and water resistant.  In addition to providing color coding, you can easily use the surface to provide additional, temporary (I.e. removable) instructions or notes using a standard grease pencil.

6. Sturdy, yet flexible closed foam construction.

This high-quality closed foam construction provides a non-breakable tray that is light and easy to use.  The closed-cell foam material is impervious to most aqueous solutions and can be rinsed with water or cleaned with gentle soap and water, then air dried.  The tray can be used over and over again, providing a cost effective solution for your patient specimen organization needs.

Note: Harsh aqueous and/or non-aqueous solvents, high heat or other harsh cleaning and sterilization methods are not recommended. This product is not intended to be used as an element of a sterile environment, nor is it designed to be sterilized for such use.

Additional Benefits:

When using the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray(s)(TM), all materials (patient specimen jars, labelled cassettes and paperwork) are maintained together and can be easily moved while maintaining their organization, unlike loose specimens, cassettes and paperwork.

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