[Histonet] disposable grossing pad

Mayer,Toysha N TNMayer at mdanderson.org
Fri Mar 31 13:01:19 CDT 2017

We use chux here as well.  The cotton in them can bunch up, also they don't lay completely flat.  We also use the thin lab mats.  Cardinal carries them as does fisher.  They can be bought in bulk, have an absorbent side and a fluid resistant side.  Since we are on a tight budget here, and students are wasteful, they work well for us.  A pack of 30 or so lasts us about two calendar months.  We use 1/day and 3/week.
There is also a bench top liner that you can purchase.  It may come in a roll, and you can just cut what you need.
As for disposal, since they are contaminated with specimens, we place ours directly in the biohazard.  Any item that may have come in contact with an unprocessed specimen (no blades or glass) goes into the biohazard waste.  
Hope this helps.

Toysha Mayer

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Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:42:55 +0000
From: "Terri  Braud" <tbraud at holyredeemer.com>
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I know many, including staff here, that prefer to use "chux".  They are very cheap, come in various sizes and adsorption levels, latex-free, with a highly absorbent core and soft, quick-drying coverstock so you don't get lint in your specimens. Use your favorite search engine to look them up.  Almost all major Med suppliers carry them.  Between specimens, we just toss the old one into red-bag waste.
I hope this helps.
Terri L. Braud, HT(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Holy Redeemer Hospital
1648 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, PA 19046
ph: 215-938-3689
fax: 215-938-3874
Care, Comfort, and Heal

   1. formalin pad for grossing (Wang, Weixi)
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Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:09:25 +0000
From: "Wang, Weixi" <wangweixi at sjhmc.org>
Subject: [Histonet] formalin pad for grossing Dear all Histonetters, It has been a while since I joined the mailing list and I learned a lot here!
Now I have a question and would like to get feedbacks regarding the use of formalin in the grossing room. I was instructed to use the formalin-neutralized pads during the grossing. Any other pads or paper, absorbent or not, cannot go to the bio-hazardous waste. But the neutralizer pads are so costly, especially for grossing part, when we need to change very frequently to void the cross contamination between specimen.
I would like to know what is the pad/mat/paper you use for grossing, and how do you dispose these formalin contaminated materials.
Any feedback is deeply appreciated!
Weixi Wang, Ph.D., HTL(ASCP)
Manager | Histology Laboratory
St. Joseph's Healthcare System
703 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: 973.754.3541 | Fax: 973.754.3292
wangweixi at sjhmc.org<mailto:wangweixi at sjhmc.org> | www.StJosephsHealth.org<http://www.StJosephsHealth.org>

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