RE: [Histonet] 37% formaldehyde

From:"Stapf, Ross"

So he wanted a pure formaldehyde gas? 

I wish you had some around to give him.  :)

Ah the confusion between formaldehyde, formalin, and 10% NBF.

It can make for some great "Who's on first" type moments.

Ross M Stapf
Histopathology Manager
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

214-820-4110 fax

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Linda
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 1:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] 37% formaldehyde

There isn't any mistake about what he wanted.  One of our techs was here
late last night because one of our more "cranky" surgeons was doing a
procedure in OR.  He called to the lab for "formaldehyde".  He was sent
formalin.  He preceded to yell (very loudly) that he did not want
formalin he wanted "formaldehyde". 


>>> "Connolly, Brett M"  2/3/2005 2:40:22 PM
I think Geoff hit the nail on the head. The surgeon doesn't realize or
remember that 'formalin' is supposed to be 3.7%. I feel bad for the


-----Original Message-----

[] On Behalf Of Linda
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 1:48 PM

Subject: [Histonet] 37% formaldehyde

Does anyone know why a surgeon would want to send a liver biopsy
specimen in 37% formaldehyde?  Is there some test or procedure that you
would ever want to put a specimen in 37%? Thanks

Linda  Blazek, HT (ASCP)
Department of Pathology
Children's Medical Center
Dayton, Ohio  45404
(937) 641-3358
fax (937)641-5482

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