RE: Bunsen burners in a pathology laboratory

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From:"P. Emry" <>
To:Alex Brown <>
Date:Fri, 16 Apr 1999 19:00:52 -0700 (PDT)
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AAAAAAH, Alex....I thought I'd be the first with the patent.
Got a vendor for us?
Trisha, Seattle
On Fri, 16 Apr 1999, Alex Brown wrote:

> Hi Cameron,
> 	We use electrically heated forceps.
> 		Alex Brown
> 		Crosshouse Hospital
> 		Kilmarnock, Scotland.
>  ----------
> From: Gregory Lloyd
> To:
> 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
> Canada
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Trisha Emry 
U of Washington, Seattle

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