[Histonet] Re: dissecting pins

Kolman, Kimberly D. Kim.Kolman <@t> va.gov
Wed Sep 12 10:27:32 CDT 2012

Thanks everyone for all the replies.  I've been perusing the office supply websites but had not thought of sewing supplies - I'll check that out!

It will be a challenge to find the items my docs here will adjust to, also to get Supply to order hypodermic needles for this use; I am fighting with them now to get them to order non-sterile 4x4 gauze.  Some nice inspection person has insisted to them that all gauze must be sterile.........so now I can spend my time ripping open individual sterile 4x4 packs to have ready for coverslipping, cleaning the embedding center, etc.... nothing better to do with my time, I guess...!

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Bob Richmond
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:51 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] Re: dissecting pins

Kimberly D. Kolman, HT, (ASCP) at the VA center in Leavenworth KS asks:

>>Does anyone know where I can find some large-head pins to use when 
>>pinning out large tissue specimens for fixation? We already use the 
>>large "T-pins" and the regular bulletin board push-pins are too small. 
>>We need something with a larger, easier to grip plastic head, and long 
>>(at least ½ inch) pin shaft. - Thanks for your help (and hope it might 
>>be one of our 'contract vendors', or I won't be able to use them 
>>anyway... L)<<

Go to any of the big stores that sell sewing supplies - they have innumerable varieties of pins - and pick out what you want. This is one of a number of items used in surgical grossing that you have to buy cheaply on the open market or scrounge, like hacksaws for cutting bone, plastic rulers, metal skewers - I have a whole kit bag of such items that I carry to my various jobs.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN

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