[Histonet] microtome safety

Sheila Haas micropathlabs <@t> yahoo.com
Tue Mar 8 07:26:22 CST 2011

Every tech in my facility uses something different. Some use fingers, some use 
forceps (usually curved), one uses a teasing needle and one uses a paint brush. 
It's up to the individual's technique but we do try to discourage using one's 
fingers too close to the blade.
Hope this helps.
Sheila Haas
Laboratory Supervisor
MicroPath Laboratories, Inc.

From: "Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/OID/NCEZID)" <jqb7 <@t> cdc.gov>
To: "histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Tue, March 8, 2011 8:20:16 AM
Subject: [Histonet] microtome safety

Morning all!

I need some quick responses to this question:  do you use your fingers or an 
instrument of some sort to pull your paraffin ribbons off the block when 
sectioning?  For those that do not use their fingers, what do you use?  If 
forceps, are these the typical lab forceps or a special type?

Thanks so much!

Jeanine Bartlett, BS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch
1600 Clifton Road, MS/G-32
Atlanta, GA  30333
(404) 639-3590
jeanine.bartlett <@t> cdc.hhs.gov

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