RE: Bunsen burners in a pathology laboratory

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From:Alex Brown <>
To:"'Histonet'" <>
Date:Fri, 16 Apr 1999 17:30:00 +0100

Hi Cameron,
	We use electrically heated forceps.
		Alex Brown
		Crosshouse Hospital
		Kilmarnock, Scotland.

From: Gregory Lloyd
Subject: Bunsen burners in a pathology laboratory
Date: 16 April 1999 05:47

Hi folks,
  I have just signed on to the histonet site...some interesting
topics!  I have an interesting topic for people out there.  I have
been the safety representative for our histology lab now for about
one year.  A concern that I have is the use of bunsen burners in
the pathology lab,  these are used to melt the wax off the forceps.
I am aware of the safety concerns and issues about open flames in the
lab.  My question out there is are others using bunsen burners,to
melt wax off the forceps, or do you have another alternative that is
not an open flame?  If so would you let me know what you use, where
it can be found..or what different techniques are used.

  Some alternatives that the lab has investigated are:

1) Microbiology uses an electric heater - this is a sealed well and
the melted wax would pool in the bottom and possibly catch fire.

2) Eliminate all form of heating and just wipe off the forceps with
a tissue wipe.  Some people still want to heat the forceps for the
more difficult cases to embed.

3) My favorite is the wells in the embedding center, using multiple
forceps.  The heat is still adequate and using three or four forceps
off sets the slow reheat time.

  The lab would like to find out what others do to get a feel for the
industry standard.

  Thank you in advance for your response.

Cameron Lloyd, MLT-CSMLS.
University of Alberta Hospital
Capital Health Authority
Edmonton Alberta

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