RE: [Histonet] Cost Containment - Blades question
Great Answer!! I have used steel blades and for some things in research
they are very good however, each point you made in your summary is a
consideration to be evaluated. I think we should all whether industry or
clinical, supplier or end user take your last paragraph and remember the
patient is our priority for everything. When I think I am losing sight of
that fact I think of my daughter having surgery or other family member or
friend and what I would want for them. That puts it in perspective 'cause
when its personal only the best is good enough.
Pamela A Marcum
Product Development Manager
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Warrington, PA 18976
Telephone: 800-523-2575 Ext. 167
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> My answers are below.
> "Have any of you used steel blades for paraffin sectioning instead of
> disposable blades?"
> I have never used the steel blades. Sharpening them is an art and takes
> time and if you don't have someone on staff who knows how to sharpen
> blades properly then no one will be getting good sections.
> "Is this practical - meaning how many blocks is one blade able to
> section before being sharpened, and what is the minimum cost involved in
> the sharpening process?"
> I don't believe it is practical. How many blocks you can cut depends on
> the type of tissue. One calcified area or staple will immediately make
> that area of the blade useless. As for cost. Blade sharpeners are not
> cheap, plus there is the time involved for the person doing the
> "Is there any way to sharpen disposable blades?"
> Not that I know of.
> What is the average amount of blocks a technician is able to cut/blade -
> both using disposable and steel?
> Once again it depends on the tissue and the expected level of quality in
> the lab. As far as I am concerned slides should always be as close to
> perfect as possible. I have seen some "factory labs" who will dole out
> how many blades each tech gets for the day. Their slides look terrible
> and any Pathologist with a choice eventually look elsewhere for quality
> work. In my opinion quality needs to be the first priority. These are
> patients whose lives depend on an accurate diagnosis. They deserve no
> less than the best section possible.
> "What is your disposable blade of choice?"
> Accu Edge. Although I had some sample Shandon Blades recently that were
> good and I intend to give them some consideration as they are much
> cheaper than Accu Edge.
> Bottom Line. Unless you have a bunch of good old steel blades, a good
> sharpener, and a group of techs who are able to sharpen them properly
> then I would stick with disposables. It is much better to look at
> cheaper disposable blades to save money than to try to dictate how many
> blades each person can use. Any switch to a cheaper blade should
> involve the techs input. Many times blades are cheaper for a reason and
> they don't cut as well.
> Good luck. I know situations like this can be tough.
> Ross M Stapf
> Histopathology Manager
> Baylor University Medical Center
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