RE: Pneumatic tubing of surgical specimens

From:"Mottishaw, Brad"

We are utilizing a Pneumatic tube system to transport tissue, and body
fluids to and from the O.R. and the floors here at University of Utah
Medical Center.  We performed a validation of the system using tissue to be
dumped, and out dated blood products from multiple sites in the hospital and
from building out of the hospital that use the same tube system (ie..
Huntsman Cancer Institute, Moran Eye Center, and Primary Childrens
Hospital).  We used fresh and formalin fixed tissue.  We encountered no
problems with the system, just the resistance of some people to try
something new.  It is a great time saver especially for frozen sections.

Best of luck,
Brad M. Mottishaw HT(ASCP)
Teaching Coordinator
Anatomical Pathology 
University of Utah Medical Center
500 Chipeta way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

-----Original Message-----
From: Cazares, Ruth []
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 8:10 AM
To: ''
Subject: Pneumatic tubing of surgical specimens

Hello again Histonetters,

Is anyone using Pneumatic tube Systems for surgical specimens?  Are
specimens in formalin being sent, or just fresh tissue? And does high
velocity affect the tissues in any way?  We are trying to find a faster way
of getting our specimens from the O.R. and since there is already an
existing Tube system we are exploring the possiblity of using it for
Histology specimens if possible.

Any and all information, suggestions etc. is welcome and appreciated.

Ruth Cazares
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Chicago, Illinois 

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