Re: H&E Auto Stainer

From:Jill Stevens-Becker <>

<html><DIV> <P><BR><BR></P> <P><BR><BR></P></DIV> <DIV>We have a Hacker linear stainer and have not had any problems with it. It is very long stainer but works quite well.  We have the slide in each basket for 1 minute and 20 seconds.  If you need the stain to be darker you can add another basket.  Or if you need more deparaffinizing you can add another xylene. </DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV>Thanks</DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV>Jill</DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV>Kaiser, CO </DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>From: "Gladney, Diane C" <DIANE.GLADNEY@SE.AMEDD.ARMY.MIL> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>To: "''" <HISTONET@PATHOLOGY.SWMED.EDU> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Subject: H&E Auto Stainer <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 09:06:17 -0400 <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Hi Fellow Histonetters, <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>I have a Fisher Protocol Auto H&E Stainer w/ coverslipper that has been <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>recalled by the manufacturer. I have had only very minor problems with this <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>stainer and I hate to have to give it up. Fisher wants to replace the <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>stainer with the Hacker MK II Linear Stainer. This stainer is almost 5 ft. <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>long and each station cannot be individually timed. The time set is the time <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>the slide rack will stay in each station. Reagent concentration determines <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>the length of each step. Not only is the unit very large, but I can't seem <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>to find anyone that currently has this stainer to evaluate the pros and <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>cons. Since we cannot keep our Protocol stainer, I would like to have <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>something that is about the same size and that I can control the time in <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>each station. I know that Leica makes a stainer that would meet our needs <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>but I urgently need some feedback on the Hacker stainer so that I and our <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>pathologists can make a timely decision of whether to accept the Hacker <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>stainer or opt for the money to replace the old stainer with another <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>stainer. I know that there are some labs that are using this Hacker stainer. <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Is it really cost effective as the company claims? What about staining <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>problems. I am the only Histotech in our lab and I have to do everything <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>from accessioning, grossing, etc. You get the picture! My time is valuable <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>and I can't spend unnecessary time each week making dilutions of stains and <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>reagents just to do the H&E stain. Please give me some feedback as soon as <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>possible. <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Thanks a million, <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Diane C. Gladney, HT(ASCP) <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Moncrief Army Community Hospital <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Dept. of Pathology, Histology Section <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>>Ft. Jackson, SC 29207-5600 <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV>> <DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV><br clear=all><hr>Get your F
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