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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists


 
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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 234-239
To err is human: Quality management practices in surgical oral pathology, a safety net for medico-legal complications


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, The Oxford Dental College, Bommanahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Abhishek Bhadranna
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, The Oxford Dental College, Bommanahalli, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560 068, Karnataka
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Source of Support: It was a self supported review., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.119738

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Reading a slide and rendering a diagnosis is not only a science but also requires us to appreciate the constant artifact that is introduced in a controlled manner by tissue processing and obtaining a stained tissue section. There are a number of steps involved in getting the final stained tissue section and all these procedures if not performed properly have the potential to give rise to erroneous picture on the slide. Simple errors in judgments can lead to wrong diagnosis and unwarranted treatment. Such mistakes can put us at risk for Medico-Legal problems. The subject of Medico-Legal issues and practice of pathology has been neglected and amount of information available to the practicing professional in India is scarce. This paper focuses on standardized procedures for the various histopathology laboratory exercises. The paper highlights the importance of proper record maintenance with reporting protocols. A list of do's and don'ts for an Oral Pathologist is provided to help him/her in reducing the probable Medico-Legal issues. It does not in any way address the issue of individual competence and diagnostic abilities: That is an aspect for each individual to introspect upon and take remedial action.


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