RE: [Histonet] Pre-filled containers of B-5 fixative

From:"Weems, Joyce"

We use B-Plus fixative from BBC Biochemical. 

There will never be a fixative as good as mercury, but we must move forward to a better environment or all become mad hatters. Our pathologists took it kicking and screaming, but they have adjusted now. The hardest thing is to pull a previous bone marrow case to compare and the difference is so drastic. But it is a matter of retraining and accepting the change. 

Good luck! 

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-851-7376 - Phone
404-851-7831 - Fax

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of MICHELLE
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 11:36 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Pre-filled containers of B-5 fixative

We are in the process of eliminating B-5 fixative from our facility; however, it is not a quick change or easy change for us and our supplier of the small pre-filled containers (Poly Scientific) will no longer fill orders after October.  While we have eliminated the bulk of our use, we do still have a few specific biopsies for which we are trying to find a suitable alternative.  With that said, I have two questions:

1. Is there a place where I can still get small (20 ml) pre-filled containers of B-5?
2.  What are some of the alternatives that people use for kidney, liver, bone marrow, and the occassional lymph node?  We have managed to move our heart and GI biopsies, but still need the others.


Michelle L McNeese, HT (ASCP)
Lead Tech, Histology
Department of Pathology
Childrens Medical Center
(214) 456-6146

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