[Histonet] FW: Tissue disposal

Thomas Podawiltz tpodawiltz at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 29 18:48:37 CST 2020

 After decanting the formalin off our tissue is bagged in biohazard bags that are in a biohazard box. The box is labeled pathology waste for incineration only. 

    On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 02:52:17 PM EST, Rathborne, Toni via Histonet <histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu> wrote:  
Stericycle will also take your blocks and slides when you're ready to discard them.



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From: Carol G Fields
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 8:32 AM
To: 'Eileen Akemi Allison' <akemiat3377 at gmail.com>
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Stericycle takes care of all your waste, including decanting and disposal.  They are all over the US..Health & Safety alone plus employee time will justify you using these people.  No one should still be doing this…
I’ve used this company at several hospitals. They are great.
Good luck,
Los Angeles, CA


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From: Eileen Akemi Allison via Histonet [mailto:histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 4:25 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] Tissue disposal

Good morning Histopeeps! After reviewing our Policy Procedure Manual, our manager is questioning the bags we are using for disposing our tissues after diagnosis is complete.  We are separating the tissue from the formalin by straining the excess formalin and neutralizing it.  We then put the tissue into “Large Biohazard Bags” and the EVS staff picks it up and disposes it.  My manager is wondering if the “Biohazard Bags" are appropriate.  Should the bags state “Tissue” on the them?  Are there any special disposal bags available?

While working for a GI Lab in Monterey, CA we put all our bottle and tissue in "Biohazard Bags" and a Hazardous Waste company picked up the waste products from our endoscopy department along with ours.  Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,
Akemi Allison, BS, HT/HTL

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