RE: [Histonet] microwaves in labs

From:"Bernice Frederick"

Don't you like decorating with carbol fuchsin? I've seen the inside of a
microwave done in that lovely shade of fuchsia.

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:49 AM
To: Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED);
Subject: Re: [Histonet] microwaves in labs

we use a home microwave that has a counter top fume hood over it. We 
calibrate the temp twice a year. While checking the temps, we also check
microwave leakage.
Now, here I go again. I have my flame retardant suit on because I can 
already feel the flames coming.
    Some people are saying you have to use a laboratory grade microwave
not a home use one. I agree with this statement 100%, if you are
tissue. If you are just using the microwave to perform special stains or
occasional heat slides, I don't see the need to spend all that money on
lab grade microwave.
    I've been using microwaves for specials for over 20 years and with
exception of the rare over heating of Carbol Fuschin (big mess) I've
had a microwave blow up. And you have to admit, the microwaves today are
lot safer than the ones 20 years ago.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)" 
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 12:58 PM
Subject: [Histonet] microwaves in labs

Hi all:

I'd like to know how many of you out there use non-laboratory grade
microwaves for specials stains.......specifically for heating
methenamine-silver for a GMS. For those that do, are there any safety
issues of which you are aware?

Thanks for your help!

Jeanine Bartlett, BS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch
1600 Clifton Road, MS/G-32
Atlanta, GA  30333
(404) 639-3590

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