[Histonet] Sterilized cassette

White, Lisa M. Lisa.White3 <@t> va.gov
Fri Aug 12 10:11:05 CDT 2011

Why do they feel the need to put them in telfa pads?  We receive very
tiny biopsies floating in specimen container and the resident then uses
a pipette (blood bank one with the tip cut off) them onto OBEX filter
paper when they are grossed in.  We also use a pipette to drop
Mucicarmine on very small biopsies and core biopsies so that they are
easily seen throughout grossing, embedding and cutting.  The main reason
to attach a biopsy or specimen to anything would be for orientation and
if it is that small you wouldn't be able to ink it and place it in
multiple cassettes let alone orient a cut surface for embedding.  Maybe
the surgeon could spend a few minutes in the lab to see how thing look
after processing to embedding - maybe it would make sense to them then?


Lisa White, HT(ASCP)

Supervisory HT

James H. Quillen VAMC

PO Box 4000

Corner of Veterans Way and Lamont

PLMS 113

Mountain Home, TN 37684


423-979-3401 fax



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Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:57:27 -0500

From: "Mike Pence" <mpence <@t> grhs.net>

Subject: RE: [Histonet] Sterilized cassette

To: "Brandi Farris" <brandihisto <@t> hotmail.com>,

      <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>


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My question is this. Who will open the cassette and dictate the specimen
and what if the specimen does not make it thru processing? Who is
responsible then for it missing?


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Subject: [Histonet] Sterilized cassette




My OR department is wanting a small biopsy cassette that they can
sterilize, be in the sterile field and place small biopsy specimens
directly into a cassette before placing in formalin. We've had a problem
with small biopsies dissolving/disappearing in telfa pads. We can't seem
to find a cassette that the manufacture approves to be sterilized. I
have a sample of a metal biopsy cassette, but the lid closure is
questionable. I'm having trouble thinking "out of the box" on this
problem. I've never had an OR request this before. Any tips would be
greatly appreciated!


Thank you,


Capital Region Medical Center

Jefferson City, MO


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