Error Reduction and Prevention in Surgical Pathology

  • Raouf E. Nakhleh
  • Keith E. Volmar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction and General Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maxwell L. Smith, Stephen S. Raab
      Pages 3-16
    3. Diana M. Cardona, Jonathan L. Myles
      Pages 33-51
  3. Pre-analytic Factors Contributing to Error

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Richard W. Brown
      Pages 55-75
  4. Analytic Factors Contributing to Error

  5. Post-analytic Factors Contributing to Error

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Bryce S. Hatfield, Michael O. Idowu
      Pages 173-185
    3. Anil Vasdev Parwani
      Pages 215-242
    4. Keith E. Volmar
      Pages 243-255
    5. Y. Chen, Yael K. Heher
      Pages 257-273
    6. Suzanne M. Dintzis, Yael K. Heher
      Pages 275-288
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-297

About this book


The 1st edition of Error Reduction and Prevention in Surgical Pathology was an opportunity to pull together into one place all the ideas related to errors in surgical pathology and to organize a discipline in error reduction. This 2nd edition is an opportunity to refine this information, to reorganize the book to improve its usability and practicality, and to include topics that were not previously addressed.

This book serves as a guide to pathologists to successfully avoid errors and deliver the best diagnosis possible with all relevant information needed to manage patients. The introductory section includes general principles and ideas that are necessary to understand the context of error reduction. In addition to general principles of error reduction and legal and regulatory responsibilities, a chapter on regulatory affairs and payment systems which increasingly may be impacted by error reduction and improvement activities was added.  This later chapter is particularly important in view of the implementation of various value-based payment programs, such as the Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System that became law in 2015. The remainder of the book is organized in a similar manor to the 1st edition with chapters devoted to all aspects of the test cycle, including pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic.

The 2nd Edition of Error Reduction and Prevention in Surgical Pathology serves as an essential guide to a successfully managed laboratory and contains all relevant information needed to manage specimens and deliver the best diagnosis.


Error occurrence Malignancy Post-analytic Pre-analytic Tissue diagnosis Tumor diagnosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Raouf E. Nakhleh
    • 1
  • Keith E. Volmar
    • 2
  1. 1.Mayo Clinic FloridaJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Rex HealthcareRaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18463-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18464-3
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