[Histonet] Re:Gloves ..... a question
I also have never worn gloves for embedding or cutting paraffin processed
material although I can see the merit of wearing gloves when cutting
unfixed frozen material. I was also intrigued by the comments about dead
skin cells occurring on slides. It is highly unlikely that you would ever
identify the fragments of keratin that might be shed from your hands when
cutting sections; you just would not get cornified epithelium shed from
the hands or scalp because these sites are heavily keratinised. You are
much more likely to get the cornified cells deposited on slides from the
mouth, by breathing on the block whilst cutting or onto the slide whilst
cleaning. I have also noticed that there are times when deposited
cornified cells increase to problem levels and this often coincides with
the microtomist having a cold or a sore throat. I strongly feel that the
notion of cornified cells from the hand/scalp is a myth that is passed
from generation to generation often by practitioners who should have given
it more thought.
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Gloves ... a question
I have never worn gloves and I have never had a pathologist complain of
skin cells on my slide either.
>>> "Terry Murphy" 03/18/05 6:50 PM >>>
I once had a pathologist complain dead skin cells on his slides when he
that I did not wear gloves when I was cutting. Anyone else ever hear this
from a pathologist?
>>> "Angela Bitting"
>Thank you to everyone who replied to my question about wearing gloves
>during embedding and cutting blocks.
>I intentionally did not mention which side of the war I was on because I
>wanted evryone to respond without feeling threatened (Histonet is such a
>Thank you again.
>By the way,
>I'm on the side of those who DO NOT wear gloves.....
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