[Histonet] guidelines

Webb, Dorothy L Dorothy.L.Webb <@t> HealthPartners.Com
Mon Jan 15 10:00:14 CST 2007

With the new Her2 guidelines from CAP, how is everyone planning on
handling not using alcoholic fixation of fatty breast tissue?  We have
been using Davidson's on mastectomy and lumpectomy specimens (not needle
bx.s) and I have a dedicated processor with the first two stations of an
alcoholic formalin fixative.  My pathologists want these breast
specimens to not be placed in these type of fixatives in lieu of the new
regs and I am already seeing underprocessed fatty breast tissue.  Does
anyone have a longer processing time for their breast (fatty) specimens
they would be willing to share with me?

Also, does anyone have a dedicated pneumatic tube system for your OR
directly to histology for small specimens?  Our facility is looking into
this and I would appreciate any feedback!!

Thanks ahead of time for any help in this area..I love this valuable
access to my fellow histology lab workers!!
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