[Histonet] Contamination..processor?

Kim.Donadio <@t> bhcpns.org Kim.Donadio <@t> bhcpns.org
Wed Mar 24 12:19:17 CDT 2010

You might want to check the holes that the forceps stand in on the 
embedding center too, if you have one like that. That seems to be a 
forgotten contributor at times. 

Kim Donadio 
Pathology Supervisor
Baptist Hospital
1000 W Moreno St.
Pensacola FL 32501
Phone (850) 469-7718
Fax (850) 434-4996

tigger13b <@t> aol.com 
03/24/2010 12:15 PM

Kim.Donadio <@t> bhcpns.org
histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu, 
histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Re: [Histonet] Contamination..processor?

The cells are definitely in the blocks.  And we are filtering the formalin 
bath also.  Thanks all!
(prev response I received included here just for everyone's info)
I would be more suspicious of the formalin "bath" that the tissues are
sitting in while they await being placed on the processor.  Those
containers of formalin are often very cruddy by the end of the day -
bits of tissue that may be on the ends of gloves, etc often end up in
the container.  Strain out the bits of tissue one night and see what
kind of debris is floating amongst your blocks!  It is very important to
begin each day with a new container for formalin. 

Tissue can migrate too - we have seen very messy endometrial biopsies
that "share" with the blocks adjacent to them in the rack.  It can


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You are definite that the cells are in the block? If so I would change all 
the paraffins out as well, even the paraffin on your embedding center. 

Kim Donadio 
Pathology Supervisor
Baptist Hospital
1000 W Moreno St.
Pensacola FL 32501
Phone (850) 469-7718
Fax (850) 434-4996 

tigger13b <@t> aol.com 
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03/24/2010 11:40 AM 

histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu 

[Histonet] Contamination..processor?

Hello everyone.

    Today we have a problem with contamination.  The pathologist notes 
cells from tonsil specimens here and there on our GI biopsy slides.  The 
cells are in the block.  I'm trying to ascertain the source of the 
    The grossing pathologist grossed the tonsils AFTER all GI specimens 
yesterday (not source of contaminant).  We (the techs) embedded all GI 
specimens first, trimmed, cut, floated and stained ALL GI specimens BEFORE 
the tonsils (not source of contaminant).  The only other source of the 
contamination I can think of is from the tissue processor.  We have a 
Tissue Tek VIP closed processor.  Has anyone ever experienced any problems 
like this?  We had a similar issue a few weeks ago.  I thought the 
contaminant cells may be from a bladder tumor, which had multiple sections 
submitted.  In this instance the cells showed up days work of the bladder 
tumor, and in the following days work also (though the pathologists could 
not say for sure the cells were from the bladder case).  We changed our 
formalin solutions in the processor and the problem did not present the 
next day.  We also started putting all bladder tumor specimens in the 
microcassettes, to prevent tissue from escaping.  Has anyone had any 
problem like this, or does anyone have any ideas on how to prevent this in 
the future?  We had not seen this problem until these past two incidences, 
and this tonsil problem is particularly strange to me because we process 
tonsils and GI specimens in the same workload on a regular basis and have 
never had this issue before.  Any help is appreciated! 


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