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!
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