[Histonet] Teabags

Jennifer Campbell campbellj <@t> muhlbauerlab.com
Mon Aug 6 08:18:12 CDT 2012

We use actual teabags that we purchase in bulk. We filter the contents of
our specimen bottles but instead of filtering into the teabag we make a
cone-shape and filter onto the teabag and then neatly fold it to fit in a
cassette. We are a derm lab so some of the shave biopsies we receive are
curled. Once the pieces are cut at grossing we place them on a wet teabag
and again neatly fold the teabag and place it in cassette.

At embedding we open them on the warm area of the embedding center and
don't have issues.

The key for us is we put everything on the teabag not in it.

Hope this helps!

Jen Campbell

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM, Contact HistoCare <contact <@t> histocare.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> Just a curiosity of mine, having contracted for many places I've seen many
> different processes, some efficient and some inefficient. I find a lot of
> labs do what they've always done just because they've always done something
> a certain way for so long whether it's useful or not and generally are not
> interested in change.
> One of these things I'm referring to is using teabags. I know some of you
> LOVE them, but there are few things I loathe more than trying to dig out a
> tiny biopsy sample from a teabag along with trying to open it while being
> stuck together by the wax.
> Why in the world would anyone ever use teabags when there are
> microcassettes and even biopsy cassettes?
> Please let me hear it.
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Jen Campbell, HT(ASCP)
Supervisor of Technical Services
Muhlbauer Dermatopathology Laboratory
61 Monroe Avenue, Ste B
Pittsford NY 14534
P: 585.586.5166
F: 585.586.3137

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