RE: I'm dreaming too! RE: Tissue Processors

From:"Carson, Karla" <>

I talked to the rep a couple of days ago and the new VIP is supposed to be
able to be programmed so that it knows compatible solutions and if there is
a problem at one station it will automatically move to the previous or next
station, reprogram the time and continue to process.  Then we would take
care of the problem during normal business hours.  Sounds great to me!

Karla Carson
Regional Pathology Manager
Mercy Health Care Sacramento
Phone 916-453-4494
FAX 916-453-4397
e-mail <> 

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Morken, Tim []
		Sent:	Wednesday, February 07, 2001 7:01 AM
		To:	'Histonet'
		Subject:	I'm dreaming too! RE: Tissue Processors

		Susan wrote:

		<I have not had the advantage of working with the newer
machines which you
		can actually view the process or access from a home
computer. That was my

		That's my dream too, in fact, I want to control my microtome
by brainwaves
		while I sleep and then I can come in later in the day!

		Seriously, I mentioned to DAKO a couple of years ago that it
would be very
		nice to have their instrument networked so I could see the
status of the
		machine from my desk computer or other computer in another
part of the lab
		(we have networked computers everywhere you look). That way
if there are
		problems I don't have to rely on a phone call from someone
who is near the

		And while were at it, why not have all these disparate
machines talk to each
		other so we don't have to reenter all this info for cassette
labeling, slide
		labeling, autostainer entry, etc.

		I think in a few years you will see this happening and we'll
all be a bit
		happier, or at least more secure in knowing what is going

		BTW, Susan, why are you looking at histology stuff in your
		(Susan has spent many years as a very active member of the
Georgia society
		and deserves a rest, and one cruise won't be enough!).

		Tim Morken, BA, EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
		Infectious Disease Pathology Activity
		Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
		1600 Clifton Road
		Atlanta, GA 30333

		PH: 404-639-3964
		FAX: 404-639-3043


		-----Original Message-----
		From: Ed or Susan Meloan []
		Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 8:33 AM
		To: Histonet
		Subject: Tissue Processors

		I have just retired from histology.  For the last 12 years I
supervised a
		clinical Histology laboratory, and personally would not
consider managing a
		lab without an external alarm on the tissue processor.  I
did not have it
		for the first 2 years I was in the lab, and I can tell you
nothing was worst
		than to be called  when the technicians came in at 5:30 and
be told the
		machine was alarming. It ruined the whole day straightening
it out.  After
		we had the external alarm connected to a computer in central
energy, I, or
		one of the techs, was called. All it involved was 30 minutes
of time in
		which I went in and restarted the processor or moved the
tissue.  Then
		things proceeded normally in the morning with no damage to
tissue and little
		problem of timing.

		That was one advantage of technology that really helped make
my life easier.
		I have not had the advantage of working with the newer
machines which you
		can actually view the process or access from a home
computer. That was my

		Susan Meloan

		Original Message

		Date: 6 Feb 2001 09:00:31 -0600
		From: "Rippstein, Peter" <>
		Subject: Tissue Processor Alarms


		I would like to get a general consensus on the merits of
external alarms on
		tissue processors which would alert staff in case of an
error during the
		night or on weekends.
		Thanking you in advance,

		Peter Rippstein, ART
		Charge Technologist
		Anatomical Pathology
		The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
		Ph: 798-5555 ext 16589
		Fax: 761-4846


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