RE: FW: H & E Staining problems
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|To:||"Colbert, Laurie" <LColbert@phsca.org>|
I don't think the problem in this case is the formalin or the stain. Only
because you stated that you have gone through many orders and hopefully, that
means also many different lots. Have you kept a record of the lot numbers for
the products? If you have had different lot number of the products your using,
most likely the problem is something else. Have you called the vendor to find
out if they have had complaints on the formalin.
Although I work for EM Science/BDH, I did use R/A products in my past life for
a long time without incident. I could be wrong about this so I would be more
than happy to help you out with samples of EM products to help you with the
process of elimination without obligation. We do sell alcohol solutions,
formalin and xylene.
I think it may be a problem or problems somewhere in the processing.
I would like you to call me at 1-800-222-0342x443 at your convence so that I
could talk to you further. It's sometimes hard to help people over the
Rande Kline, HT (ASCP)
"Colbert, Laurie" <LColbert@phsca.org> on 03/21/2000 03:35:08 PM
To: "'Bill Sinai (Anatomical Pathology)'" <Bills@icpmr.wsahs.nsw.gov.au>,
"Colbert, Laurie" <LColbert@phsca.org>, email@example.com
cc: (bcc: Rande Kline/EMI/Merck)
Subject: RE: FW: H & E Staining problems
We purchase all of our processing and staining products from Richard Allan.
However, we have been having this problem since December '99 and have gone
through many orders of formalin and other reagents.
Is Richard Allan a common denominator with everyone who is having
SJMC - Burbank, CA
From: Bill Sinai (Anatomical Pathology)
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2000 9:27 PM
To: Colbert, Laurie; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: FW: H & E Staining problems
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 12:08:00 -0800
From: "Colbert, Laurie" <LColbert@phsca.org>
Subject: FW: H & E Staining problems
To: "HistoNet (E-mail)" <email@example.com>
This problem rears its ugly head occasionaly in Australia as well.
Nearly every time it can be followed back to a " BAD
BATCH of FORMALDEHYDE". Looking at Histonet lately I
feel this is happening to people in the USA. Are the people having
this problem all obtaining supplies from the one
supplier or initial source?
We fixed the problem by discarding our formalin
supplies, supplying a new batch and presto most of the
problems went away. We now only have the odd case which
causes problems (probably still some of the old batch). We supply
all our customers with formalin pots and concentrated solution from
our central site.
Message-----From: Colbert, Laurie Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 2:14
PM To: 'CMD1352@aol.com' Subject: RE: H & E Staining problems
We have had staining and/or processing problems off and on for years, and we
are presently going through a very bad period where the problem is not
correcting itself (which it always has in the past). Our sections have very
faded nuclei mainly around the edges and an overall hazy look. Several times
the pathologists have commented that the slides were too pink.
For every theory we come up with, we can always disprove that theory. We do
histology for five different hospitals, and the blocks are processed on
different processors. Our processing schedules are pretty much the same on
each processor. But when we have problems, we have problems with all of the
The main problem is with the small biopsies (skin, GI's, prostate needle
biopsies, cervical biopsies). We think it may be an over-processing
problem, but when we got a demo processor so that we could set up a short
run for the biopsies, we still had problems. The tissue looked better, but
not great. One day the slides look as bad as they ever had. Our routine
processing schedule is nine hours long. We have one formalin, two PenFix,
three 100% alcohols, three xylenes, and three paraffins. We use no heat
except on the paraffins.
We have approached the problem as a staining problem, but have pretty much
ruled this out. When we sent our slides to other facilities for staining,
they still looked bad.
We are at a total loss. Has anyone ever had water problems that caused this
problem? We use tap water.
Saint Joseph Medical Center
From: CMD1352@aol.com [mailto:CMD1352@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2000 7:27 PM
Subject: H & E Staining problems
Our laboratory uses an automated Leica stainer for H & E. The pathologist
has noticed several slides with weak staining around the periphery of the
tissue section. The stain is very weak just along the edge of the tissue.
The rest of the tissue stains fine. I checked the temperature of the slide
dryer and found no problem. Any ideas how to solve this problem?
ICPMR Westmead Hospital
WESTMEAD NSW AUSTRALIA
Phone 61+2+9845 7774 Fax 61+2+9687 2330
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