Re: About separating specimens and formalin...

Mike Titford asks:

>>Our hospital is about to stop using an incinerator to burn all its waste, 
and instead create different waste streams. Most biohardous waste will be 
sterilized, some of that will be shredded, then everything sent to a 
landfill. Surgical pathology specimens, however, will be incinerated by an 
outside contractor. Trouble is, the contractor does not want the formalin, 
just the specimens! Has anyone else run into this? Are there histotechs 
around the country (or the world) emptying formalin out all those little 
containers, and some large ones, that we all receive surgical pathology 
specimens in? How do others separate the specimens and the formalin?<<

You pour the specimens together into a large colander, and red-bag what 
doesn't go through the colander. I've worked on services where this was the 
pathologist's job. With the pathology job market what it is, we're in no 
position to complain!

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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