[Histonet] blades

Va Paula Sicurello vapatpxs <@t> yahoo.com
Fri Mar 13 13:02:35 CDT 2009

I thought the replies would be more "cutting edge".  

What I do is the most low tech of all,  I put the still usable knife in a box (usually the empty box from the slides we use) and then use the blades when needed.  Just be careful to keep the pointy part away from your fingers.

All histotechs have probably grabbed the wrong end of a blade and shed blood for the lab.

Happy Friday,
Paula Sicurello
VA Medical Center San Diego
Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) 
Core Research Imaging Center
3350 La Jolla Village Dr., MC151
San Diego, CA 92161
858-552-8585 x2397

--- On Fri, 3/13/09, Webb, Dorothy L <Dorothy.L.Webb <@t> HealthPartners.Com> wrote:

> From: Webb, Dorothy L <Dorothy.L.Webb <@t> HealthPartners.Com>
> Subject: [Histonet] blades
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Date: Friday, March 13, 2009, 4:59 PM
> Kind of a "Friday" type of question
> inasmuch as it could open some
> "cutting" remarks........how do others handle microtome
> blades that are
> not totally used?  Our situation is that we use the
> more expensive
> "teflon coated" blades for certain tissues that are more
> delicate or
> difficult to obtain the most optimal sections and use the
> ceramic coated
> blades for routine microtomy. Obviously, the techs are
> oftentimes going
> to have a blade with an area that is still very usable and
> the dilemma
> is a safety issue as to where to place/store blades that
> are not ready
> to discard!  Any good ideas???  Appreciate any
> "kind" ideas!!
> Thanks.....
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