Re: Releasing unfixed specimens

From:Jennifer MacDonald

There are actually recipes online for placenta. I ran across them when I was
researching the histology of placentas.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Bryan Llewellyn" 
To: "Histonet" 
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: Releasing unfixed specimens

> We had many requests for placentas over the last few years.  The hospital
> administration eventually banned giving back those in formalin, which was
> done automatically when it came to the lab (except for those with a
> request).  Only fresh placentas were given out and that had to be by the
> midwife (or obstetrician).  In BC midwives are trained solely in midwifery
> and have an independant college for licensing.  They are not nurses nor
> physicians.  One of our midwives encouraged her mothers to take the
> home with them.
> What I want to know is what the mothers do with them.  Do they eat them,
> mothers do some countries?  Do they bury them for some spiritual purpose?
> they dry them for display?
> Nobody in Prince George appears to know, at least in the lab.  If you
> please tell me.  I'm really curious.
> Bryan Llewellyn
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: 
> To: 
> Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 9:12 AM
> Subject: Releasing unfixed specimens
> > I was wondering if any of you have a release form that you require
> patients
> > to sign if they are taking possession of an unfixed tissue specimen.  We
> > require them to sign a release on fixed specimens pertaining to the
> > hazardous nature of formalin and provide them with an MSDS sheet (we do
> > rinse off as much of the formalin as possible).  Recently we have
> > from patients that want their placentas.  Some placentas we do hold
> unfixed
> > for a certain time frame in case pathology or genetic studies are
> > Do any of you have a release form pertaining to the biohazardous nature
> > unfixed specimens?  Thanks for any input.
> > Mary Eller
> > St. Peter's Hospital
> > Helena, MT
> >
> >
> >
> >

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