RE: xylene substitutes
I have found that an angry Dr. who is bound and determined to smell
something like a xylene substitue will, in fact, be able to smell any
product out on the market. So, use which ever agent you believe works best
and rely on the doctors who rely on you to talk some sense into the
individual next door. If he does shut you down, look on the bright side,
histotechs are in high demand. Just my opinion...I've never been partial to
doctors who try to intimidate histotechs.
Glen A Dawson BS, HT & IHC (ASCP)
Lead IHC Technologist
From: Bruce Gapinski [mailto:BGapinski@pathgroup.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2001 12:04 PM
Subject: xylene substitutes
I need to know what xylene substitutes will work well w/ my Leica
auto-coverslipper. I'm in a temporary suite and the Dr. next door can smell
xylene. It's only about 7ppm but he has a right to complain.
The thing I'm looking for is a clearing agent that smells like
nothing at all. Hemo-De won't do. Our Cyto department uses that, and it
would just make the office next door smell like a citrus grove.
I have one gallon of something called Clear-Rite 3 by Richard Allen.
Smells ok but I'm getting a milky look around the edges of the slides as I
use it today.
I must work fast as the Dr. is angry, and has threatened to "shut us
down if it doesn't smell better today".
Please & Thank you.
Bruce (I am not a rep) Gapinski HT (ASCP)
PS Happy Holidays
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