[Histonet] Precipitate

Weems, Joyce JWeems <@t> sjha.org
Thu Jan 26 23:35:29 CST 2012

Could they use DI water to test that theory?  

Joyce Weems 
Pathology Manager 
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE 
Atlanta, GA 30342 
678-843-7376 - Phone 
678-843-7831 - Fax 

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Matt Mincer
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 20:57
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Precipitate

Hey Histonet,

We have a client who is having an odd problem with their processor. They are getting "sandy" clogs in station 3. The original thought was that it was formalin salts but the texture and color was wrong. Also, station 3 is 70% which should be weak enough. One of the techs mentioned in passing that the water quality in their town was really bad. I think that the problem is that, like formalin, the alcohol is causing dissolved minerals to be released from the tap water they use to mix their 70%. Has anyone seen this before or am I chasing a harebrained theory? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Matthew Mincer
Tech One Biomedical Services
159 N Marion Street, PMB163
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 383-6040 X 10
fax (708) 383-6045
cell (708) 822-3738

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