Re: Safety of employees handling paraffin embedded tissue, CJD, Organ retention
--- ScubaD100@aol.com wrote: > I have recently heard of a previous employee of
a pathology laboratory suing
> for being exposed to and contracting Hepatitis C from handling the paraffin
> blocks. I have never seen anybody wearing gloves during the embedding and
> microtomy of properly fixed tissue sections. Has anybody else heard of any
> similar circumstances and if so, should we all wear gloves during embedding
> and sectioning. I know if I tried to cut tissue sections with gloves on, I
> may not be exposed to Hepatitis C, but I would probably be looking for finger
Steve Machin UK comments:
I've seen TV clips of staff wearing gloves who do suspected CDJ work on
Here, in the UK, we are considering returning processed blocks from post
mortems to relatives. I wondered what risk there will be to these relatives.
So I tried to get an answer from the CJD surveillance center but was passed on
to the Dept of Health who passed me on to the Organ Retention Commission. I
emailed the Commission and am awaiting a reply.
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