Skin biopsies and other small biopsy specimens are placed in a tissue processor tray at the time of gross dictation in the surgical pathology laboratory.
The metal fenestrated tissue processor tray is sitting in a Tupperware container that contains formalin. If sufficient formalin is added to the Tupperware container to completely immerse the accumulating tissue cassettes, the cassettes float out of the rack.
Because it is inconvenient to repeatly remove a metal lid, the level of formalin in the container is kept low enough so that the weight of the cassette keeps it from floating.
The problem is that the cassettes are then not immersed in formalin and the level of formalin bathing them is sometimes very low.
How do others rack cassettes at the grossing bench. Is there a tray that will hold the cassettes in place and allow them to be submerged in the formalin without the use of a removable lid?
These trays would be for the V.I.P. processors.
Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP)
Technical Specialist, Histology
Geisinger Medical Center
100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
Danville, PA 17822
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