[SPAM-HC] - [Histonet] Organizing of cassettes for processing - Email found in subject

Cazares, Ruth RCazares <@t> schosp.org
Wed Aug 26 16:21:38 CDT 2009

Hi Barb,

We have metal sleeves in which 18 cassettes fit standing front to back, and a metal box with lid which we fill with formalin. This box holds 6 sleeves and as cases are grossed, the cassettes are picked up in order (it doesn't take any effort to do this at the time of grossing) and placed in the sleeves. We have two metal box/containers in which we separate our routines and our biopsies (we use a short program for our biopsies). At the end of the day we print out hard copies of all the cases that will be cut the next morning, separating the routines from the biopsies so there are 2 lists, and then we go cassette by cassete and check off on the list to assure that every cassette is accounted for.

This system works great for us and it helps to find errors before they go any further. We use colored dots on the cases that are biopsies so when its time to print out our log sheets we can do so from the requisitions or working log sheet, and if done right, every case and cassette should match up.

I believe Leica now carries these sleeves and metal box containers, I strongly urge you to look into them, they keep things so organized and we LOVE them!! I can get you ordering information, just let me know.

Ruth Cazares, HT (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Department of Pathology
Swedish Covenant Hospital
5145 North California Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

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Hi all -

For those that do batch overnight processing, how do you organize the cassettes?

Currently we have 2 path assistants that gross throughout the day, and each puts their cassettes as they are grossed into a bucket of formalin.  At the end of the day a histotech drains the formalin off, rinses the cassettes in water, then manually puts the cassettes into order according to our worklist, with rush cases being put up front.  The baskets are then loaded onto the tissue processor (Sakura VIP5 and VIP6).

We are wondering if there are some other ideas of how to streamline this process.  One thought was to have the cassettes loaded/organized into the tissue processing basket as they are grossed, but have a concern about formalin exposure while doing this.

 Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Barb Moe
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
La Crosse WI

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