Re: [Histonet] Are Gloves a CAP regulation?

From:"Angela Bitting"

I just had this argument today with our Safety & Hygiene officer. We've
had quite a few cuts lately on scalpels and knives and he came in to
watch out "process" and help us "improve it". He asked why some of us
wear gloves and others don't. It turned into a battle-royal.  (Anyway,
gloves have nothing to do with preventing cuts.)I told him it is
recommended but not yet "required". If anyone out there knows of a
regulation stating that gloves must be worn when embedding and cutting
blocks, I'd like to see it.
Or, if anyone has information on the number of Histotechs who have
contracted HIV or Creutzfeld-Jakob from a paraffin block, send it to me.
Until then, I will remain gloveless!

Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP)
Technical Specialist, Histology
Geisinger Medical Center 
100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
Danville, PA 17822
phone  570-214-9634
fax  570-271-5916

>>>  03/16/05 8:10 AM >>>
  Since I work at a military facility, I have notice that all the
histo techs wear gloves to embed and cut. I went to school and we never
this. When CAP came last year, my co-worker insisted that this was a CAP
regulation. Does anybody know if this is a CAP regulation, because this
news to me and I was never taught in school to wear gloves to embed or
cut. Thank you.

Heather A. Harper          

Supervisor of Histology/Morgue

Naval Hospital of Pensacola, FL

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