RE: [Histonet] Securline markers

From:"Connie McManus"

We don't have any of the software systems you clinical folks use.  I
just make my labels in MicroSoft Excel -- I took the time to create a
template where the cell size is the same dimensions as the frosted end
of our slides (this took some trial and error).  I formatted one cell
with the font size and other attributes we wanted, then copy - pasted a
bunch of cells with this formatting.  After we embed our blocks, one of
us goes to the file, types in the accession numbers, the day's date and
then print it on large label paper. It works really well for us except
that it IS time consuming.  We have found that the Surgipath labels you
use don't work well for us.  We tried other labels - Nalgene Nunc have
some poly paper laser labels that are supposed to be set up in MS Word,
but that didn't work for us very well, either.  Sometimes the shortest,
best, most efficient way is the way you know how to do.  

Connie McManus
Utah Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Phone:  435/797-1891
fax: 435/797-2805

where am i going and why am i in this handbasket???

-----Original Message-----
From: Rebecca Barnhart [] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 5:02 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Securline markers

We get preprinted xylene resistant labels to use for our paps only.  Our
liquid base are sent elsewhere for processing and that is what they use,
so we started to just for our paps.  We get the labels from Surgipath. 
We told them how we wanted the labels printed (our numbering system,
label and ink color, size and our hospital name on them)  For our
surgical and non-gyn our computer system prints regular labels.  Do you
have a computer system that you accession the cases in, like Meditech,
Sunquest, CoPath etc.?


>>> "Connie McManus"  07/26/04 05:50PM >>>
I stopped using secureline markers some time ago because the writing
an entire rack of slides came off completely.  I agree with
shouldn't have to add xylene to pens.  They should have better QC than
that. We use a pencil to write the accession number on the slides
we cut, then apply  paper sticky labels after cover slipping. The
information is set up in MS Excel and printed on large label paper.
is time intensive, but we don't have a slide labeler and I can't think
of any other options.  If there are any out there, I'm all ears, too

Connie McManus
Utah Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Phone:  435/797-1891
fax: 435/797-2805

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Emily
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 10:47 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Securline markers

We have been having a major problem the Securline markers for about a
year - they are pretty much dry when we get them. The company that
manufactures them told me to add xylene to each marker. It works most
the time, but it takes up a lot of time to add the xylene. My feeling
that I shouldn't have to do that anyway - they should just make a
that actually works. I have tried out many other pens/markers and have
found none to be satisfactory. The ink either fades too much during
processing or just totally washes off. Does anyone have any similar
issues? Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
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