From:"Monson, Frederick "

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 Frederick C. Monson, PhD
Center for Advanced Scientific Imaging
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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Schmucker II Science Center, Room SS024
South Church Street and Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA, 19383
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Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 12:59 PM

Hello everyone,

This question might have been posted before, but,   Histology Department
expecting a brain biopsy from a possible CJD patient today.  The
specimen will be coming down in formalin from the O.R.  It will be kept
in formalin for 2-7 days and will be transferred to formic acid for the
required time. Then the specimen will be transferred to formalin before
processing for another 2 days.  Has anyone dealt with this procedure
before. These are the questions asked by the hstology department.

How do you decontaminate the processor, microtome, stainer and
coverslipper? What kind of protective gear apart from standard
precaution has to be used? How about the shaving of the tissues? How do
you dispose the formalin  from the original formalin container where the
specimen was sent in and how do you dispose the reagents from the
processor and the stainer? Can this biopsy be processed, once treated
with formic acid, along with the other specimens or  should the biopsy
be processed with the other specimens?

Need Help!!

Thank you in advance

Mala Srishan
Histology Supervisor
Holy Name Hospital
Teaneck, NJ 07666

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