[Histonet] RE: Flame substitute for embedding

Jacqueline Farnsworth Jacqueline.Farnsworth <@t> cls.ab.ca
Wed Dec 3 09:43:49 CST 2008

We also used to have an open flame while embedding!  Now, we simply have a policy in place where after EACH cassette is embedded, the Techs MUST thoroughly wipe their forceps with disposable Kleenex (and then dispose of it!). Also, we use toothless forceps as much as possible to reduce the possibility of cross contamination.

Jacqueline Farnsworth
Anatomic Pathology, Tech III
Foothills Medical Centre
Calgary Laboratory Services

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Celebre Julia [celebrej <@t> HHSC.CA]
Sent: December 3, 2008 8:38 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Flame substitute for embedding

Hello Histoland!!

We have just been told  we are no longer allowed to use alcohol burners while embedding and we are to find a safer substitute, something to do with no liking an open flame in the lab.  Other than incinerators or 6 pairs of forceps at each centre, we've run out of ideas so we are asking all you experts out there what your current practice is.. oh.. this change needs to be done by this Friday!!

Julia Celebre MLT
Anatomic Pathology
Hamilton General Hospital
905-527-0271  ext 46179
email: celebrej <@t> hhsc.ca

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