[Histonet] Slide drying

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Mon Dec 22 15:06:32 CST 2008

One way to allow faster drying is to get a more fluid mounting medium. If you use it as it comes from the manufacturer it will take longer. Even if it is toluene based, if you add some xylene and get a really fluid mounting medium you will be able to file the slides sooner, although perhaps not as soon as your pathologists want. 
They are always trying for the histotechs to perform miracles and most of their request stem from not knowing how things work in the histology lab. It is a pity.
René J.

--- On Mon, 12/22/08, Martin, Erin <Erin.Martin <@t> ucsf.edu> wrote:

From: Martin, Erin <Erin.Martin <@t> ucsf.edu>
Subject: [Histonet] Slide drying
To: "histonet" <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Date: Monday, December 22, 2008, 2:06 PM

Hello everyone,
I was asked to find out how to dry slides quickly.  They are glass coverslipped
in an automated coverslipper at the reference lab we use and the our docs want
them filed in less than 12 hours from the time they are coverslipped.   We have
been putting them in a 125 degree C convection oven for a few hours but the
slides still get all stuck together in the file.  They will not consider film
Does anyone else file this quickly?  I am grateful for any suggestions!
Erin Martin UCSF Dermatopathology

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