[Histonet] Blade Rationing

Boyd, Debbie M DKBoyd <@t> chs.net
Tue Jun 18 07:42:59 CDT 2013

The price of a few blades is nothing compared to a law suit for intentional neglect and endangerment to patient care.  Not to mention some blades are "bad" when they come out of the box.  This is a very good example of "pound foolish and penny wise".  Only the tech cutting knows when they need to change a blade.  I encourage my techs to change blades often.  It's all about getting good sections.  When our slides go out to other institutes (for consults) it is a reflection on our work.  Not to mention the cost for recuts (if the tissues hasn't been lost).  Tech time is expensive too.  One must weigh the whole situation in terms of cost.  
I always tell my techs to think of each specimen as one of their family member's.  

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Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 5:11 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Blade Rationing

I work in a hospital, there are three of us on this particular shift and we cut approx. 200 blocks, give or take a few.  Our histo lab manager is telling us we should only be using one pack of blades (50 per pack) a month.  I'm wondering what other techs think of this especially lab managers and supervisors.

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