[Histonet] Flames at embedding centers

Blazek, Linda lblazek <@t> digestivespecialists.com
Tue Nov 18 15:03:47 CST 2014

Grinning and remembering the "good old days".  What's more fun is the look of horror on the faces of the young ones when they hear it!

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Subject: Re: [Histonet] Flames at embedding centers

    Ahh, the good old days of walking into the lab and lighting all the Bunsen burners first thing in the morning.  I didn't have any hair on my knuckles for years.  Embedding with a Coke on the cold plate, and a smoke in the ashtray next to you, anyone?  Good times.

     Now we have to use forceps warmers and change forceps between specimens.  If you get 3 or 4 pair of forceps, one will always be hot enough to use.  Also, there are embedding centers with heated forceps, which I love .
     Just remember to clean out the wells of the forceps warmers every day to prevent cross contamination.  Cotton applicator swabs work great for this.  And always keep a towel or gauze handy to wipe the tips of the forceps between specimens.  Forceps warmers unfortunately don't incinerate any stray tissue like a Bunsen burner did.


                               Jay A. Lundgren, M.S., HTL (ASCP)

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