xylene vs substitutes, yet again

From:Noreen Gilman

Once again I find myself in need of help from my fellow histo professionals. I know this subject has been done many times over, but of course, I didn't save any of your input. One of the hospitals in my group of four is receiving pressure from the safety committee to switch over to a xylene substitute. Personally I have never liked the results from substitutes and I am highly allergic to the citrus one.
I need some hard evidence to prove that 1. I won't achieve optimum results in my tissue processor (A VIP 3000), 2. I can't use substitutes in my Tissue Tek tape coverslipper, and since I have to use real xylene in those two places, I might as well stick to the real thing.
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for the help.
Best regards
Noreen Gilman, B.S., H.T.(ASCP) CLS
Histopathology Supervisor
Broward General Medical Center
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
954.355.5592 Phone
954.355.4139 Fax
954-387-0213 Pager

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