RE: [Histonet] Re: Gunk in stainer drain line[Scanned]

From:Kemlo Rogerson

When we had these problems we asked the Company about how to solve it. They
asked if we stained breast FNAC's and we did. They suggested it was the fat
from said aspirates; I had always thought it was fungus. We adopted a
protocol of bleach and boiling water and that cured it, but gassed the
BMS's. We had a similar problem in London too, but that was really due to
the sewerage they laughingly call 'drinking water'. The solution was to
connect the stainer to piped 'clean' water; but then no-one drinks the water
in London they all use chillers.

Doesn't explain why the beer 'London pride' is so good, or does it?

Kemlo Rogerson
Cellular Pathology Manager
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
DD. 01254-294162
Mobile 0774-9754194

-----Original Message-----
From: Poteete, Jacquie A. [] 
Sent: 17 February 2005 13:35
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Re: Gunk in stainer drain line[Scanned]

The "blue goo" in the stainers in our laboratory was found to be a variety
of slime mold. I can't remember its' scientific name, but we had to use
bleach to get rid of it, and the bleach did not prevent it from recurring.
Pouring bleach down the drain became part of our cleaning-maintenance
procedure.  Good luck!

Jacquie Poteete MT(ASCP)QIHC
Lead Technologist, IHC Laboratory
Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, OK

-----Original Message-----
From: [] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 9:17 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Re: Gunk in stainer drain line

Does anyone have a problem with gunk clogging up the drain line on their 
autostainer. I have a Varistain Gemini, and the line has clogged up with
blue goo 
twice in the past 4 years. What could be the cause and how would I prevent
short of periodically taking the thing apart and reaming out the hose? 
Pouring bleach down the drain was suggested, but didn't keep the problem
Any suggestions? 

Steven M. Crochiere, HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
LifePath Partners @ Mercy Medical Center
Springfield, MA 01104 _______________________________________________
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