Re: storage of tissues

From:Shirley Powell

I second that.  It is scary to get a request for a recut from several years past and have to separate blocks that have melted together, not being sure you have the correct tissue in the block.  You might ask the powers that control the storage decision to consider it as a personal scenario, would they like their child's tissue to stored in a noncooled place and then need that tissue re-examined a few years later to determine further treatment or diagnosis. 
----- Original Message -----
From: Morken, Tim - Labvision
To: 'Jane Moose' ;
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 12:24 PM
Subject: RE: storage of tissues

Jane, from personal past experience, DO NOT let them put the blocks in an non-airconditioned mini-storage!  (no , I didn't do that, a pathologist did!).
Tim Morken
-----Original Message-----
From: Jane Moose []
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: storage of tissues

Our facility is having growing pains and we need to move many years worth of cassettes to a new location.  What are minimum standards or guidelines for facilities where tissue is stored?
 e.g  temperature ranges, humidity, insect control  etc.
With newer techniques, I can only assume that the storage conditions will become a more important consideration in the handling of tissue.  We are having difficulty convincing the facilities personnel that are storage areas are important too!.  Thanks 
Jane Moose
Newberry County Memorial Hospital
Newberry S.C.

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