AW: [Histonet] Reprocessing tissue

From:"Gudrun Lang"

How many blocks did you reprocess in this manner at one time? I am
concerned, if the processor suffers from too many paraffinized blocks in the
When we were trained on our first VIP (1989) the technician stressed the
importance of getting rid of the remaining paraffin in the retorte before
starting a new run. He said, the danger is, that little hard particles of
paraffin can get into the valves and block it.
What do you think about this?

Gudrun Lang
Biomed. Analytikerin
Akh Linz
Krankenhausstr. 9
4020 Linz
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Gesendet: Montag, 24. März 2008 01:46
An: Lynn Wade;
Betreff: Re: [Histonet] Reprocessing tissue

ThermoFisher Scientific and Ventana Medical Systems have systems that you 
can barcode the paperwork, which then makes bar-coded blocks which then 
makes bar-coded slides. In each step, the barcodes are read to ensure that 
the correct specimen is being processed. If there is a mis-match, an alarm 
beeps alerting the user.

For reprocessing tissue, we just melt the blocks down, place the tissue back

in the block and put the blocks in formalin to be processed with new cases. 
Whatever area did not process the first time will take up the formalin, and 
graded alcohols. When the tissues reach xylene, the paraffin is dissolved 
and everything get infiltrated. The areas that have been processed will 
repel the formalin and alcohols until they are immersed into xylene. I find 
this method is a lot easier on the tissues, especially if IHC is performed 
on them later.

As far a an electronically created list of blocks going into a processor, I 
haven't heard of any.

Hope this helps.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lynn Wade" 
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2008 6:31 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Reprocessing tissue

Hi folks:
I am wondering if anyone has had an incident in Patholgy lab where on the 
tissue processor the reagents got switched inadvertantly. For instance, the 
80% alcohol was inadvertantly placed in the last 100% alcohol slot and thus 
water was reintroduced into the tissue just before xylene, clearing amd 

Has anyone had this occur and how did you recover the tissue?

Also, can anyone tell me if there is such a processor that has a system that

can be used to log in the cassette numbers that are put onto the processor 
so that in the event of some incident such as we had the retrieval of the 
exact specimens can be done electronically?

And lastly can anyone tell me if they have a fully barcoded system whereby 
path specimens arrive barcoded and every document, slide and block has a 
barcode that allows for tracking of the tissue at all times?

We are looking at processes and trying to close some gaps.

Lynn Wade
Program Manager, Safety & Quality Management
Medical Services & Diagnostics
Eastern Health

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