RE: Cross Contamination

From:"LaFriniere, Mike"


We use a "Bacti-Cinerator" works well and replaces the open flame

Michael LaFriniere PA, HT(ASCP)
Pathology Manager
Memorial Hospital
Chattanooga TN 37404

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2003 12:43 PM
Subject: Cross Contamination

My lab has an ongoing problem of cross-contamination, which I believe
during embedding.  Our hospital does not allow the use of an open flame in 
the Histology lab.  Flaming the forceps with a bunsen burner would no doubt 
solve the problem but since that is not an option, does anyone have a
We have tried non-grooved forceps, but were unable to grasp the tiny pieces 
of tissue.  The "forceps warmer" on the embedding centre is only barely hot 
enough to keep the forceps warm for a few moments.  We switch forceps back
forth during embedding. 
I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks.

Dannie Blake (HT)
Histo Technical Specialist
Fresno Community Hospital
Fresno, California

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