RE: Paraffin Block Trimming

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From:"Carson, Karla" <>
To:'Vicki Gauch' <>,,
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Our pathologists do not want that many sections on a slide.  They complain
if they have to look at too many questions.  Some will put up with 6 but
most only want 3 sections per slide.  
Karla Carson HT/HTL (ASCP)
Regional Pathology Supervisor
Mercy Health Care Sacramento
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		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Vicki Gauch []
		Sent:	Monday, March 20, 2000 5:52 AM
		Subject:	Re: Paraffin Block Trimming

		We do not trim all small specimen blocks as our Pathologists
want a maximum of 6 sections per slide on most bx cases.  In the case of
small children with Hirschsprung's we DO trim and take 60 sections on these
cases.  Hope this helps...

		Vicki Gauch
		Albany Medical Center

		>>> "Patrick M. Haley " <> 03/17/00
05:44PM >>>
		Hello fellow HistoNetters,
		    This is an informal survey question to all you
		When you have small specimens (skin and GI biopsies, ect),
who among you
		trims the excess paraffin from the block to allow for more
sections per
		I am having a debate with a fellow technologist, this person
believes it is
		a waste of time.
		I believe the more information you can place on the slide,
the better for
		the patient/client and the tech. (fewer recut to deal with).
		Please answer me directly,  I will post the results at a
later date.

		Many thanks.

		Pat Haley
		HTN, inc. 


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