IRON MOUNTAIN® PATHOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Long-Term Preservation of Slides and Blocks
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IRON MOUNTAIN® PATHOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Long-Term Preservation of Slides and Blocks
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Laboratories today have to manage their ever-growing volume of slides and blocks while maintaining inventory integrity and on-demand access. As clinicians become increasingly dependent on lab tests for patient diagnoses, laboratory managers need to efficiently deal with proper storage and management in a cost-effective manner.

What If You Could
  • Reclaim space in your laboratory by securely moving your slides and blocks offsite?
  • Protect the integrity of your specimens with the optimal temperature and access controls?
  • Reduce the time and resources required to track, locate, and retrieve your assets?
  • Digitize your slides and access them on-demand when you need them?

With Iron Mountain Pathology Solutions, we are helping you protect what you value most by changing the common perceptions of specimen storage and ensuring the success of your pathology department. Our Pathology Storage solution meets the updated 2021 CAP (College of American Pathologists) guidelines for temperature-controlled storage of slides and blocks between 64–80°F (18–27°C).

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In-House Specimen Storage: Separating Myth From Reality

Perception

Outsourcing storage is more expensive than in-house solutions.

Reality

Most labs aren’t able to cite the actual cost of managing specimens in-house—including real estate and resource line items—on their budgets.

Perception

Temperature and humidity controls are not a priority for ambient specimen storage.

Reality

The recommended temperature range for the storage of specimens is typically defined as a cool, dry environment below 77-80 degrees Fahrenheit (25-27 degrees Celsius).

Perception

Labs place a high importance on reducing litigation risk by adequately preserving specimens.

Reality

In-house storage locations can unknowingly become high-risk when storage becomes fragmented across multiple locations with varied environmental and access controls.

Perception

In-house storage enhances staff productivity because everything is onsite and easily accessible.

Reality

With limited space onsite, slides and blocks must be shifted and moved frequently, absorbing the limited bandwidth of onsite resources.

Perception

Slides and blocks must be stored onsite for quick and easy access.

Reality

Only about 10% of all of slides and blocks are recalled at some point, and most requests come within the first three years of slide/block storage.

Pathology Storage Management

Centralize your inventory in a highly secure, temperature-controlled environment for preservation and visibility

With Iron Mountain® Pathology Storage Management, you can leverage pathology-specific procedures based on best practices with secure offsite storage and visibility into where they are and who has access to them.

  • Packages your slides and blocks in insulated coolers prior to transit to provide physical protection and temperature control while in transit.
  • Utilizes real-time, wireless scanning to maintain an auditable chain-of-custody.
  • Enables 24/7 online ordering, tracking and reporting through Iron Mountain Connect™, a secure web-based portal.
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Pathology Storage Management Solution Brief

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Check out the Iron Mountain Pathology Storage Management Virtual Tour to see how you can move your slides and blocks offsite, freeing-up your onsite space and resources for more strategic initiatives.

How it works

Pathology Inbounding Workflow

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ACTIVATED

Customer identifies assets to be moved offsite.
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PACKAGED

Assets secured using packing materials and shrink wrap, then barcoded.
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TRANSPORTED

Assets loaded onto temperature-controlled Iron Mountain vehicle and transported.

If outside temperature is over 80° F, the vehicle will be temperature controlled.
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UNPACKED

Storage carton unpacked and stored.
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READY

Assets updated in Iron Mountain ConnectTM for 24/7 customer visibility.

Pathology Retrieval Workflow

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REQUESTED

Customer requests assets via Iron Mountain ConnectTM.
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PULLED

Individual accessions/cases are retrieved and packaged.
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BARCODED

Single group of assets inserted into barcoded envelope.
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PROTECTED

Barcoded envelope is scanned to the delivery package.

Delivery package is placed into container for safe transport.
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TRANSPORTED

Assets loaded onto Iron Mountain vehicle and transported.
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DELIVERED

Delivery package(s) is removed from container, scanned, and delivered to customer.

Pathology Refile Workflow

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SCHEDULED

Customer schedules pickup via Iron Mountain ConnectTM.
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PACKAGED

Customer inserts assets into mailer or plastic bag which is then placed into the original packaging.
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PROTECTED

Iron Mountain courier arrives and bar-coded envelope(s) placed into container.

Driver scans container.
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TRANSPORTED

Assets loaded onto Iron Mountain vehicle and transported.
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VERIFIED

Container scanned upon arrival at IM.

Bar-coded envelopes sorted and inbounded.
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REFILED

As assets are returned to their original location, the envelope is scanned to update the asset in Iron Mountain ConnectTM.

Contact Iron Mountain

Our Customer Support section can help provide you with the quickest answers to your questions, or feel free to contact us at your convenience.

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Contact Iron Mountain

Our Customer Support section can help provide you with the quickest answers to your questions, or feel free to contact us at your convenience.