[Histonet] Processor Cleaning

Bauer, Karen Bauer.Karen <@t> mayo.edu
Thu Jun 12 12:12:18 CDT 2008

Hello to all...
We are having some mixed feelings about how often our processor should be cleaned and I'm curious to know what everyone else is doing.  I'm sure this has been brought up on Histonet before, but I can't seem to find any pertinent findings in the archives.
We are a smaller lab and process, on average, 150 blocks every night.  We have 2 VIP processors (older ones) and one is only used as a back up or if we need to do an extended run on fatty or late cases.
The main VIP is cleaned twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.  The back up VIP is cleaned once a week, unless we hardly used it.  By cleaned, I mean dump the first solution and rotate.
Half of the staff believes that cleaning once a week would be OK, the other half wants to keep it the way it is.  I've been here for 18 years and we have always cleaned it twice a week.  (18 years ago, we had about one third of the specimens we do today.)  
Just wondering...
Karen Bauer
Karen L. Bauer HT(ASCP)
Department of Pathology
Histology Supervisor
Luther Hospital
Eau Claire, WI
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