[Histonet] Recycling Formalin for Fresh Tissue

Kemlo Rogerson Kemlo.Rogerson <@t> waht.swest.nhs.uk
Fri May 29 04:15:05 CDT 2009

Why would you want to? Surely the time and energy needed to make sure that the recycled formalin was of the correct strength, was not infective and was at the correct pH and properly buffered would not make it cost effective.

Bit like using a teabag twice; that's uncivilised!!!

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Subject: [Histonet] Recycling Formalin for Fresh Tissue

Good Morning Histo Land,

I am asking all you out there to give me your input on recycIing formalin.  I realize this has been discussed in the not too distant past, but this may be a little different situation.  I realize some labs are recycling formalin to put on their tissue processors, but this is a totally different scenario.

I have been a manager at my lab for only a month.  Much to my surprise, I just found out yesterday that our lab is recycling formalin and shipping it out to one of our clients to put their FRESH SPECIMENS into.  

I just had a lengthy conversation with Robert Lott the day before yesterday, regarding pre-analytical protocol's effecting the test results of AFB.  By the way, we were in full agreement.  This formalin issue was unknown to me then.  I realize that the pre-analytical, pre-analytical, pre-analytical, process effects the final out come.  I need to present my case to our Director of Pathology why this is compromising patient care.

Any and all responses are gladly welcome.


Akemi Allison-Tacha BS, HT (ASCP) HTL
Histology Manager
Associated Pathology Medical Group Laboratories 105A Cooper Ct. Los Gatos, CA 95032
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