RE: Cold Plates


We use metal cake pans (9 x 13 size), works great.

Dawn Schneider, HT(ASCP)
Howard Young Medical Center
Woodruff, WI

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Stancel [] 
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2003 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: Cold Plates

Hi Barbara,

We are so ole school!!! We still use metal ice trays. Plain old fill'em up 
with water and freezer'em ice trays without the metal inserts. I pick them 
up at yard and estate sales. We have about 14 of them...some hold three 
blocks across, some four blocks across and a few really big ones that hold 
about 60 blocks each! I have bought some of the more modern block chilling 
devices for the microtome stations, but no one will use them. ALL the techs 
here prefer the ice trays. We have a small under the counter freezer in our 
microtome room that is dedicated to ice trays.

Good luck in your decision process,

Histologically yours,

Barbara H. Stancel, HTL(ASCP)HT
USDA, FSIS, Athens, Georgia  30604

>From: (by way of Histonet)
>Subject: Cold Plates
>Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 12:09:07 -0500
>      Could anyone share what is used as a cold plate for keeping 
>blocks cold at the microtome station?
>      We will be remodeling in the near future and need to purchase a 
>few more cold plates.  What we have seems
>      to be a gel pack wrapped in sheet metal.  It works very well but 
>we have no idea where they came from  -
>      facility operations here doesn't remember ever making them and I
>see anything like them in any of the
>      catalogues I've been researching.
>      Thanks for any help!
>      Barbara Moe
>      Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
>      La Crosse WI

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