[Histonet] Manual Coverslipping Safety Issues

Gagnon, Eric gagnone <@t> KGH.KARI.NET
Tue Jan 4 11:24:21 CST 2011

Has anyone successfully lobbied their institution for an automated coverslipper for safety reasons?
Still coverslipping manually-stained IHC, neuro autopsy and special stains, sometimes hundreds per day. There has to be a better way.  Under budget constraints. That's why I'm wondering if anyone has used concerns about histology staff safety, specifically techs under direct exposure to toluene/xylene, to enable purchase of an automated/robot coverslipper.
I'd be interested in anyone's experience with this approach, successfully or unsuccessfully.
Eric Gagnon MLT
Histology Laboratory
Kingston General Hospital
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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