RE: Automated coverslipping

From:"Johnson, Teri"

I've always used my forceps to separate the tissue sections.  Some paraffins
are more sticky than others and tend to have the metal stick to them.
I will cool my forceps in either ice water or lay them on whatever I'm using
to keep my blocks cold.  This usually allows me to separate the sections without
having the forceps stick to the sections. 

Teri Johnson
Manager Histology Core Facility
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
1000 E. 50th St.
Kansas City, Missouri  64110

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 3:11 PM
Subject: Automated coverslipping

We are contemplating getting an automatic coverslipper due to
repetittitititive momotion injury of a coworker.  I am wondering how most
of you deal with cleaning the excess tissue from the slides.  Our histotech
lifts the ribbons off the water bath with alot of excess tissue wrapped
around the edges and back of slides.  The excess tissue is then cleaned off
by the lab assistant as she is coverslipping.  For those of you with
automated coverslippers, are you spending alot more time at the water bath
getting a single section or a clean series of sections?  We deal with a
variety of human tissue, and it can be difficult to seperate the sections
on the water bath without tearing the preferred section - especially on
those blocks with wall to wall tissue.  Any input is greatly appreciated -
thank you!

Mary Eller, CT, HT
St. Peter's Hospital  - Helena, MT

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