[Histonet] Re: Gunk in stainer drain line

Poteete, Jacquie A. japoteete <@t> saintfrancis.com
Thu Feb 17 07:34:58 CST 2005

The "blue goo" in the stainers in our laboratory was found to be a variety
of slime mold. I can't remember its' scientific name, but we had to use
bleach to get rid of it, and the bleach did not prevent it from recurring.
Pouring bleach down the drain became part of our cleaning-maintenance
procedure.  Good luck!

Jacquie Poteete MT(ASCP)QIHC
Lead Technologist, IHC Laboratory
Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, OK
japoteete <@t> saintfrancis.com

-----Original Message-----
From: CrochiereSteve <@t> aol.com [mailto:CrochiereSteve <@t> aol.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 9:17 PM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Re: Gunk in stainer drain line

Does anyone have a problem with gunk clogging up the drain line on their 
autostainer. I have a Varistain Gemini, and the line has clogged up with
blue goo 
twice in the past 4 years. What could be the cause and how would I prevent
short of periodically taking the thing apart and reaming out the hose? 
Pouring bleach down the drain was suggested, but didn't keep the problem
Any suggestions? 

Steven M. Crochiere, HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
LifePath Partners @ Mercy Medical Center
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