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From:"Carla Shoffeitt" <>,
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  You couldn't have said it better!  I have a VIP and have had it for 10 
years and have never had a call in the middle of the night or early morning! 
  I wish I could say that about the Ventana processor I have!


>From: "Susan Owens" <>
>To: "HistoNet Server" <>
>Subject: processors
>Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 10:58:28 -0500
>Strace asked: "HELP me buy a Processor !"
>I understand about those middle of the night calls from the lab. I live 
>5 minutes from the hospital so 'they' tend to call me first when a 
>Having said that, I also have to say that we have two VIP 300's and the 
>they have alarmed (not counting a hosp.wide power problem) it has been a
>human error problem. A 'problem' recreated by the tech who loaded and
>started the processors or by the tech who changed the solutions that day.
>Since that will be YOU, then YOU can control the night calls or go
>without sleep. hehehe
>Question of the day:
>"If a processor has so many mechanical problems that one needs a modem to
>trouble shoot it from home, then who needs the processor?"
>Our VIP's are 4 and 7 years old(about).
>I would vote for the VIP.......
>Note: thanks to the HistoNet I learned a neat trick for cleaning the
>Yes, Hot water flushes every Monday using the first five(5) stations, BUT
>they contain:
>Step 1. 10% Bleach in hot tap water
>          (add a removable piece of tape that says 'bleach' to the outside 
>          container...other wise they all look alike, make sure you rinse 
>          well (twice or more) in clean water BEFORE refilling with
>Step 2.  clean hot tap water
>Step 3.  5 % Acetic Acid in hot tap water
>             (add removable tape saying Acetic Acid, and see step #1)
>Step 4.  clean hot tap water
>Step 5.  clean hot tap water
>a. You only have to make up the 10%Bleach and the 5% Acetic Acid 
>the first processor is finished, transfer those two containers to the other
>machine, adding fresh clean hot tap water to numbers 2, 4 and 5.
>b. Also if you will leave your metal cassette baskets in, they will come 
>looking brand new.
>c. Use a different container for the bleach each time you do this program.
>The container will also look like new when finished.
>Susan Owens - TX
>(817) 261-7938
>Fax (817) 548-9876
>Date: 19 May 2000 18:06:12 -0500
>From: "Stace. Burton" <> (by way of Histonet)
>Subject: HELP me buy a Processor !
>I am currently setting up a hist lab from scratch in a well established
>hospital.  I will be the only tech for prob the next year or two.  When I
>asked him, the pathologist I will be working with suggested that I get a
>processor with a modem on it so that I can troubleshoot from my home
>computer, if needed.
>Every lab I can think of doing general histology, uses a Tissue-Tek, and
>they all love them; however, they do not yet come with a modem.
>Tissue-Tek's new model comes out 1-2001, but even if it will contain a
>modem, I can't wait that long.  My question is:
>Should I go with a Tissue-Tek VIP processor (do to the excellent 
>and take the chance of having only a phone call to wake me so that I have 
>help a Med-tech over the phone troubleshoot or drive to the hospital 
>Should I go against what everyone else is doing and get a Shandon or a
>Ventana which has the modem which I can reach and troubleshoot, if needed,
>from home?
>OH and also;
>What do you guess use and what would you change on it if you could?
>Thanx in advance!  stacey  <>

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