[Histonet] Re: Gloves for Microtomy

Robert Richmond RSRICHMOND <@t> aol.com
Sat Sep 8 23:49:50 CDT 2007

All this pathologist-bashing - much of it, alas, justifiable...

I've never seen "stripping vessels" in the examination of lower
extremity amputation specimens. The amount of information the
pathologist can provide from these specimens is limited; in fact, some
services do not have them examined at all. I like to look at sections
of anterior tibial and gastrocnemius muscles, to demonstrate the
ravages of diabetic neuropathy, but that's my personal mishegaas.

I expect to take over the occasional yucky specimen from the
pathologist's assistant (PA) - though - sorry about that - I do expect
you to do the damn placentas. - Where is this legal-beagle notion
coming from that we have to examine ALL placentas? This is something
that needs to be worked out with the hospital's perinatal committee
and with its obstetrical nursing service - the one time I ever was
allowed to do this I worked it out quite well.

To get back to the question that started this thread - never in my
travels have I seen histotechnologists required to wear gloves for
microtomy. - Wonder when the MBA's will have to wear rubber gloves??

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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