RE: Histology-related "Older than Dirt"
i remember helping the pathologist gross the surgicals. We sat in a room
that was about 15 ft x 20 ft. No ventilation, no windows and 1 liter tubs
of formallin sitting on the counter --- ON A HEATING PAD!!!--- and a big
open tub of formalin that had our processing basket (the old metal kind)
right next to me as I wrote out each cassette number and plopped into the
basket. We all went home with severe headaches after working on the
surgical floor and to this day, I my sense of smell is not very sensitive.
Wearing goggles, gloves and other protective apparrel was often wished for,
but never actually done. Those were NOT such good old days!
From: Cheasty, Sandra [mailto:SCheasty@ahs.llumc.edu]
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 9:49 AM
To: HistoNet (E-mail)
Subject: Histology-related "Older than Dirt"
I suppose some of these are still being carried out in histology labs...
* Hand-sharpening steel knives (and putting a curse on the pathologists who
were careless in removing staples)
* Home-made Schiff's reagent (Is it "straw" colored yet? And how many bright
pink lab floors are still in existence from accidents?)
* Smoking in the lab (when I first started working as a histo lab assistant
in 1978, we had little ashtrays next to our microtomes)
* Practical jokes with sliver nitrate (today a cause for immediate dismissal
and probably a lawsuit)
* Eating in the morgue (it WAS right next to the cafeteria)
* Changing the oil on the old technicon processor (remember when that stuff
would start to smoke?)
* Pathologists doing lymph node dissections without gloves (OSHA-SHMOSHA!)
* Leaky cardboard containers for placentas
* Round metal cassettes with ill-fitting snap-on lids (you put a piece of
paper with the case number in the cassette with the specimen)
* Throwing formalin and xylene (and everything else) down the drain
* Using old pathology reports for making note pads (HIPAA-SCHMIPAA)
I can hardly wait to see what other ancient practices have occurred...
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