RE: Gluteraldehyde

From:"BrosnanWatters, Gayle" <>

I use it too, and keep it in the fridge - and the lab I did my Ph.D. work in
used it too, and it was a huge one at Washington Univ in St. Louis.  What's
the big fat hairy deal?  Yes, you have to be careful with it, but if they
are hysterical about gluteraldehyde, what do they do with osmium
tetroxide????  If there is something new that Joe has missed, I want to
know, too.

> ----------
> From: 	Nocito, Joseph
> Sent: 	Friday, May 25, 2001 6:33 AM
> To: 	'Histonet'
> Subject: 	Gluteraldehyde
> We are currently going through a JCAHO inspection (what a year, CAP, CLIA
> and now JCAHO, any one else out there?) Any way, the inspectors went
> through
> the roof when they saw that we have gluteraldehyde.  Now, the hospital
> Safety board is in an up roar.  Why is gluteraldehyde such a dirty word.
> I
> know the general hazards, but is there something new that I might have
> missed?  Also, my pathologist wants to know if there is a substitute
> fixative for electron microscopy.  Once again, I thank you for your help.
> Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
> Histology Supervisor
> Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
> San Antonio, Texas 

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