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

From:Shirley Powell <powell_sa@Mercer.EDU>

I agree with Tim, Susan, you deserve to go on a few more cruises for all your
hard work with GSH and students.  I will be happy to come along if Ed doesn't
want to go with you.  I like Tim's idea of networking, wonder if the ship has
internet service.

s powell

"Morken, Tim" wrote:

> 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
> dream.>
> 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
> machine.
> 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 on.
> BTW, Susan, why are you looking at histology stuff in your retirement?
> (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
> Ms-G32
> 1600 Clifton Road
> Atlanta, GA 30333
> PH: 404-639-3964
> FAX: 404-639-3043
> email:
> -----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
> dream.
> Susan Meloan
> Original Message
> Date: 6 Feb 2001 09:00:31 -0600
> From: "Rippstein, Peter" <>
> Subject: Tissue Processor Alarms
> Histoneters,
> 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
> email:

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