RE: [Histonet] Tracking Floaters

From:"Cynthia Robinson"

We have been addressing the floater issue.  We found that changing to smaller mesh type cassettes has helped but not eliminated the problem even with meticulous care at embedding station (wiping and changing pick ups in between each specimen, pick ups without any ridges, etc).  Our paths see tiny, like 10 or less clusters of cells from placenta usually, on some slides but when we cut deeper sections the floaters are gone.  Usually it seems to be bone sections which will 'hold onto' these tiny groups of cells.  We are continuing to try to fix this issue and would like to hear other suggestions.
Cindi Robinson HT(ASCP)
MMC-Sioux City
Dunes Medical Laboratories
350 W Anchor Dr
Dakota Dunes SD 57049

>>> "Laurie Colbert"  7/10/2008 11:42 AM >>>
We have had some issues with floaters, but my problem is that we can't determine whether the floaters were introduced at the time of grossing or embedding.  Any suggestions on how to handle the problem, other than constant "reminding?"

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Schaundra Walton
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 9:04 AM
To: Histonet
Subject: [Histonet] Tracking Floaters

Hi Netters!

I'm curious how do other labs track floaters on slides?  I'd like to do QI regarding this topic and I'm curious what other people are doing.  How are you tracking which tech, location of contamination, resolution, etc.?

Schaundra Walton BS, HTL(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Swedish American Hospital
Rockford, IL

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