[Histonet] Pregnancy and the Histo lab

Amanda Reichard areichard at lmhealth.org
Wed Jul 19 06:03:26 CDT 2017

Hi Kimberly,

I was recently pregnant and stayed away from sentinel node specimens, and mounting media (Toluene can cause birth defects).  I am also a supervisor so my exposure was limited anyways. I would say whatever the woman is comfortable with I would let them be around, except the two I stated above.  If she wasn't comfortable with formalin or Americlear (our xylene sub) I would have found something else that she could do besides microtomy like filing, send outs, cytology etc. I think it's very important that we are as careful as we can be in regards to pregnancy in the histology lab.


Amanda Reichard, HTL (ASCP)cm
Histology/Cytology Supervisor
Licking Memorial Health Systems
1320 W. Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
(220) 564-4163
areichard at lmhealth.org

-----Original Message-----
From: Kimberly Marshall via Histonet [mailto:histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:35 PM
To: histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Pregnancy and the Histo lab

Hello from Utah all Histo folks.

   I would like some input on Pregnancy and working in a Histology lab.  I worked through both pregnancies and had healthy children.  That being said I know much has changed in 30 years.  So how are labs dealing with it now?  Less time around formalin? Xylene?  No pregnant ladies in the Histo lab???

  There is some research out there, but would like to know how other histology Supervisors handle it.

Thanks in advance
Kimberly Marshall H.T. (ASCP)

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