Re: reference for CJD - sodium hydroxide
Thanks to LuAnn Anderson in Neuropathology at the University of Minnesota for
clarifying the precautions used in a large specialty laboratory in handling
tissue from prion diseases.
What concerns me is the extension of these precautions to less specialized
laboratories. Most of the pathology services I work in are very ill equipped,
both in terms of technical expertise or equipment, to handle either
infectious material or hazardous materials. (For example, in most of the
services I work in, I have to handle both formaldehyde and aromatic solvents
in areas with little or no ventilation. The various inspectors look the other
way, or are too ignorant to look at all.)
I spend a lot of time trying to talk to people on these services about very
elementary chemical and biological hygiene issues, usually with no effect at
all. (That's the way they've always done it, after all.) So I am very
cautious about suggesting introducing additional hazardous materials into
work places that cannot handle them safely.
I strongly suspect that the eventual outcome of all this is that small
hospital histopathology services will become impractical. I'm glad I won't be
around to see it happen.
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