[Histonet] Pinning specimens

Joe Nocito jnocito <@t> satx.rr.com
Mon Aug 27 11:11:44 CDT 2007

I get some string and duct tape. I cut 5-6 pieces off string about 6 inches 
long and then tape it in multiple places on the bottom of the container 
(this will prevent the paraffin from floating). Then I fill the container 
with used paraffin.  See my point? Sorry, couldn't resist.

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From: "Mike Pence" <mpence <@t> grhs.net>
To: "Weems, Joyce" <JWEEMS <@t> sjha.org>; "Hopkins, Karen" <KMH.02 <@t> ex.uchs.org>; 
<histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 9:53 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Pinning specimens

This is a good place to recycle some of your paraffin from your tissue

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Weems,
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 9:46 AM
To: Hopkins, Karen; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Pinning specimens

let paraffin solidify in the bottom of a Rubbermaid type pan - you can
pin to it in the pan, or chill and pop it out and use in a large

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-851-7376 - Phone
404-851-7831 - Fax

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu]On Behalf Of Hopkins,
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 10:34 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Pinning specimens

When we receive large specimens such as colons, our pathologist opens
them to let them fix overnight.  We used to have large specimen
containers that had a piece of rubber glued to the bottom of the
container so we could pin the specimens to hold them open for better
fixation.  Little by little our supply of containers with rubber have
decreased and we are unable to find a replacement.  Does anyone know of
a vendor who sells these or can you share what you do to hold open
specimens?  Thanks in advance, Karen :-)

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