Re: Automated coverslipping

From:Jennifer MacDonald

When we went to an automated coverslipper all techs were responsible for
cleaning up their slides before they went on the stainer.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson, Teri" 
Cc: "Histonet (E-mail)" 
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 7:20 AM
Subject: RE: Automated coverslipping

> I've always used my forceps to separate the tissue sections.  Some
> 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
> to keep my blocks cold.  This usually allows me to separate the sections
> 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
> To:
> 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
> 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
> 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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