RE: Loss of small biopsies ...

From:"George, Cheryl" <>

We use the mesh cassettes exclusively and have had no problems in regards to
tissue loss.  They are much easier to use than any of the others and
although more expensive, the time saved grossing and embedding has been well
worth it!!

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> From: 	Dale Denise Hardy[]
> Sent: 	Thursday, December 21, 2000 4:05 PM
> To:
> Subject: 	Loss of small biopsies ...
> We have recently experienced a dramatic increase (3 within 6 weeks) in the
> loss of small biopsy specimens and are using biopsy sponges exclusively.
> In previous institutions it seems we would have 1-2 occurrences per year
> at most, however lens paper, biopsy bags, and sponges were all used to
> secure specimens based on size and type.  I have decided to switch
> exclusively to nylon biopsy bags until I can evaluate other alternatives.
> Folding lens paper (Biowraps, Histowraps, etc.) might not work well in our
> grossing environment and "tea bags" are a little more difficult to open
> compared to their nylon counterpart, although more expensive.  I would be
> interested in any feedback in regard to this issue as well as comments on
> using the "mesh" cassettes.  I understand that the "mesh" cassettes are
> more expensive - I'm wondering about reagent flow and carry over in regard
> to processing; also the plastic smaller-holed biopsy cassettes as well.

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