RE: paraffin survey

From:"DeLovino, Salvacion S."

In the beginning, the quality of disposable blades were not up to par and
that's why many histotechs refused to use them. Now, things have greatly
improved and so cutting good sections is not a struggle anymore.

Salvacion Delovino, HTL

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> From:[]
> Sent: 	Friday, December 14, 2001 4:16 PM
> Cc:
> Subject: 	Re: paraffin survey
> Patsy Ruegg notes:
> >>I think the "biggest single reason for this improvement" could be 
> disposable blades.<<
> If better wax isn't, then disposable blades certainly are. Amazingly, most
> pathologists have refused to change what they cut frozen sections with,
> and 
> only occasionally do I see disposable blade retrofits on the 30 year old 
> cryostats that are the norm in the small practices I visit. Yes, they
> still 
> make the old style blades, which now have to be sent somewhere in Florida
> to 
> be sharpened, and it's like trying to cut a frozen section with a butter 
> knife. I talked one practice into buying a retrofit. I loved it, everybody
> else refused to try it, and they got rid of it.
> Those of us who remember the changeover to disposable microtome blades 
> remember that for the first month the histotechs pissed and moaned about 
> them, and after that you couldn't get them to go back to the old blades at
> pistol point. Pathologists, who cut only a few sections, take years to get
> to 
> the point where they like the change.
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist
> Knoxville TN

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