Re: Cryostat knives

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From:Terry J Mattoon <>


Do you use disposable blades on your cryostat?  We have an adaptor that
we got from Miles.... a few years ago and we can change knives and it
doesn't take very long at all to cool the knife due to the fact that the
knife is thin.  It's worked for us, we change blades between patients. 
We of course are not as busy as your lab but that might help with your

Terry J. Mattoon
VA Med Ctr.  #113
White River Jct.,VT   05001
(802) 296-5193  (direct # to lab secretary)
802-296-6328  -  FAX

On Mon, 26 Jun 2000 13:08:32 -0400 Vinnie Della Speranza
<> writes:
> in the aftermath of an employee injury, our safety officer is 
> insisting that we remove cryostat knives at the end of the shift 
> (leaving no blade in the cyrostat over night) and change blades in 
> between patients. She claims that failure to do so would be a 
> violation of OSHA's requirements for safe work practices. The 
> employee nicked her thumb while tidying up the interior of one of 
> our units.
> We commonly juggle frozen section specimens from more than one 
> patient simulataneously. We are a busy facility with a very large 
> transplant program. It is not uncommon for pathologists to be called 
> to do frozens at odd hours, hence the need for a cold knife that is 
> ready to go at all times.
> I would like to hear your thoughts on this matter and from 
> facilities who might be using practices similar to that being asked 
> of us. Thanks
> Vinnie
> Vinnie Della Speranza
> Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
> Medical University of South Carolina
> 165 Ashley Avenue
> Suite 309
> Charleston, SC  29425
> ph:  (843) 792-6353
> fax: (843) 792-8974
> email:

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