RE: [Histonet] embedding without a station?

From:"Jackie M O'Connor"

It wasn't that long ago - -1989, when I first started working in Honolulu 
- the contract lab we worked with used ceramic molds with little tags of 
paper to ID the blocks.
They used the now-common plastic cassettes to process, but then threw them 
away when they embedded.   The thinking was that the ceramic molds used 
less paraffin.   What a quality control nightmare that was. 
Jackie O'

"Ford Royer"  
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01/24/2007 09:24 AM



RE: [Histonet] embedding without a station?

Doesn't any body remember good 'ole lead "L's"?

Stainless steel griffon beaker in the oven worked pretty good, but we 
in hog heaven with they broke down and got us a "heated paraffin beaker".
The beaker itself wasn't actually heated.  There was an electrically 
sleeve that the beaker sat in on the bench that kept the paraffin 
I think that it was on of Dr. McCormick's ingenious inventions...

How did we EVER survive? ... Open containers of Xylene, Formalin, Asbestos
gloves and pads, Lead "L's", and cigarette ash trays located ant each

~ Ford

Ford M. Royer, MT(ASCP)
Minnesota Medical, Inc.
7177 Madison Ave. W.
Golden Valley, MN 55427-3601
CELL:  612-839-1046
Phone:  763-542-8725
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Smith, 
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 8:59 AM
To: Anila Syed
Subject: RE: [Histonet] embedding without a station?

I have never felt that embedding stations are worth the counter space they
take up.  I just barely melt my Paraplast in a Pyrex beaker on a hotplate
and maintain its temperature in a 60 degree oven. I set out the mold on 
counter and pour in enough Paraplast to quarter fill it.  Since the beaker
is hot, I keep a cotton glove on my left hand.  I leave my right hand bare
to handle the forceps.)  I warm my forceps in the flame of an alcohol 
and position my tissue on the bottom of the mold, set an embedding ring in
place, and fill the mold. I wipe the lip of the beaker with a paper towel
(usually one that has already been used for drying my hands). Everything
except the oven can be put away in a cupboard, leaving me with counter 
for other projects.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida  33161

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Anila Syed
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 8:05 AM
Subject: [Histonet] embedding without a station?

Dear All,

I have hundreds of carotid plaques to embedd. I have a tissue processor, 

no embedding station. Would anyone attempt to do this without an embedding 

station or do you think I should go and try to find the facilities 

What did people do before embedding stations?

Many thanks for your input and opinions,

Anila Syed 

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