RE: Cross Contamination

From:"T. Truscott"

Don't rule out cross-contamination at the grossing board. Do you ever have 
problems with tissues that never touch the grossing board ? I also prefer to 
wipe my forceps with a Kimwipe before and after each embedding to prevent 
forcep metatasis. Hope this helps. Tom Truscott USDA-ARS Pullman, WA

>From: "LaFriniere, Mike" 
>To: "''" ,
>Subject: RE: Cross Contamination
>Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 13:20:37 -0400
>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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