Re: Breast Implants

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From:Charlotte Kopczynski <>
To:"Weems, Joyce" <>, "'Histonet'" <>
Date:Wed, 16 Jun 1999 11:48:22 -0400
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We do release breast implants to the patient.  A release form is signed by
the patient.  We first put formalin on the implant for 24 hours.  We then
wash the implant and heat seal in double bags.  We label with the
formaldehyde/biohazard label.  I believe that there are procedures for
sterilizing implants but the risk for creating leaks by breakage  was
accessed by our institution/risk management and we include the disclaimer on
the release form.  We are asked at times to photograph the specimens, but we
don't routinely do this.

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