[Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about a gall bladder in vinegar ?

joelle weaver joelleweaver <@t> hotmail.com
Mon Nov 24 17:13:25 CST 2008

You know, I really think that the vinegar is a great idea! I can't think of any reason off-hand why it would be hazardous, flammable, toxic, or bring on any liability. Even the isopropyl can be flammable, and if you told her to use it, you might be somewhat at fault ( though I know a bit of a stretch). In any case, I think that I'll try to remember that in case I encounter any similar requests...
Joelle> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:40:38 -0500> From: JWeems <@t> sjha.org> To: dellav <@t> musc.edu; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu> Subject: RE: [Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about a gall bladder in vinegar ?> CC: > > Could you give it to her in a plastic bag, with a container, and tell> her to store it in rubbing alcohol? j> > Joyce Weems> Pathology Manager> Saint Joseph's Hospital > 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE> Atlanta, GA 30342> Please note new phone and fax numbers> 678-843-7376 - Phone> 678-843-7831 - Fax> > > > -----Original Message-----> From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu> [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Della> Speranza, Vinnie> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 5:37 PM> To: histonet> Subject: [Histonet] as Thanksgiving approaches, what do you think about> a gall bladder in vinegar ?> > I have a patient requesting her gall bladder be returned to her for> religious reasons.> The premise I've been given is so that, upon death, the patient may be> stored with her body parts.> > My facility has concerns about providing it to her in formalin (for> obvious reasons) or alcohol. The patient admits this is a family> practice with momma's appendix already being stored in the attic.> > It can get a bit toasty warm here in the South so attic storage of a> specimen in alcohol may not be prudent and I can't be absolutely certain> it wouldn't burn the house down, another potential liability for my> institution.> > I'm tempted to give it to her in food grade vinegar, to avoid the> potential liabilities from using anything that could be considered> hazardous.> Assuming that returning her gall bladder is a given, what do you think> of using vinegar for this purpose?> > > > Vinnie Della Speranza> > Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services> > Medical University of South Carolina> > 165 Ashley Avenue Suite 309> > Charleston, South Carolina 29425> > Tel: (843) 792-6353> > Fax: (843) 792-8974> > _______________________________________________> Histonet mailing list> Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu> http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet> Confidentiality Notice:> This email, including any attachments is the > property of Catholic Health East and is intended > for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). > It may contain information that is privileged and > confidential. Any unauthorized review, use,> disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you are > not the intended recipient, please reply to the > sender that you have received the message in > error, then delete this message.> > > _______________________________________________> Histonet mailing list> Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu> http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet
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