[Histonet] prostate biopsy kits (LONG message sorry)

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Thu Apr 16 08:07:32 CDT 2009

First get the bottles at the best price you can. After that put them in the order you are going to use them to determine the surface area they will occupy.
Knowing that surface buy several pieces of solid hard wood and bore the holes 
to fit the bottles you have.
Identify the holes and apply plastic resin to all the pieces. The plastic will prevent the numbers to be washed out and will allow you to sanitize the wood.
Make as many as cases your office will have per day.
René J.  

--- On Wed, 4/15/09, Putnam, Jodi <putnamj <@t> ggclinic.com> wrote:

From: Putnam, Jodi <putnamj <@t> ggclinic.com>
Subject: [Histonet] prostate biopsy kits (LONG message sorry)
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 6:48 PM

Hi again.
I am in need of information and pricing on prostate biopsy kits. We have just
started taking on prostate biopsies.
The kit that I am receiving holds 12 "20 ml" specimen bottles and
they are made by Bostwick Labs. The urologists 
were sending them out to be processed but now that we have a pathology lab, it
is in everyone's best interest to keep
them in house. I love that we can give a quicker turnaround time for the
doctors that are used to sending them out. 
My problem is this, once I use up all of the kits that the urologists have
already bought, I will need my own. I need to keep the same
order that they are used to, all of the 12 sites are preprinted below the hole
that holds the specimen bottle in the box. (Maybe the
list is a standard template used by all doctors now for prostate biopsies, I
don't know.)
I was going to try to come up with something myself to save money, homemade. I
don't have time to shop around for the best price,
but is it best for me to buy the kits? I just did a quick glance online and saw
some kits (12 specimen) for 7.50/each. Is that good or
can I do better? OR do any of you have an idea for the homemade version? I just
need to make sure that my sites are exactly
in the order that the doctors are used to seeing and 3 rows, left to right, top
to bottom. I was going to reuse the boxes if they were
 not visibly contaminated and just put in 20 ml prefilled formalin bottles, but
I am not sure that is a good thing. I worry about 
hygiene, cross contamination etc. Any help or words of wisdom would be great.
If I had the time I would shop around but I have
no spare time right now. I thought about getting something like the old plastic
test tube racks (only with bigger holes) and putting
solvent resistant labels on them and sanitizing them prior to returning to the
urology dept. with new prefilled formalin bottles.
Is that feasible? 
Any sales reps that are on the histonet, please email me any quotes on the
kits. I am having a hard time fielding all the phone calls
right now.
Thanks so much. 
Jodi Putnam (HT,ASCP)
Graves Gilbert Clinic
Pathology Department
201 Park Street
Bowling Green, KY 42102
(270) 393-2728 (voicemail)
(270) 393-2795 
Fax : (270) 393-2736
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