[Histonet] leaky formalin containers

Kolman, Kimberly D. Kim.Kolman at va.gov
Tue Feb 9 07:33:34 CST 2021

Has anyone been seeing a rash of leaky formalin specimen containers lately?  Specifically the small 4oz red lid containers from a certain manufacturer?
We are seeing leakage from probably 70-80% of the containers in the last couple of months.  Multiple lot #s and multiple clinic locations.
It is being addressed inhouse (please tighten/don't over tighten/leave containers upright.....)
Also - our lot#s could be some older ones as we are just now picking back up from the COVID shut down.  These have likely been sitting in the clinics for a while so they might not be any that are currently in circulation out there.
Just thought I'd see if there is a problem elsewhere.  TIA for any responses.


Kimberly D. Kolman, HT (ASCP)
VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center
4101 S. 4th St. Trfwy.
Leavenworth, Ks 66048
913-682-2000 x 52537
Kim.Kolman at va.gov

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