RE: [Histonet] Safety regs/Pathologists
At 9:22 AM -0400 5/14/04, Fran Lemons wrote:
>Forcing a gross assistant to stand by while gross dissection is
>performed without proper ventilation can cause death over time.
>Don't mean to be abrasive, but you sound like you are just plain stubborn.
I absolutely agree with this. Proper ventilation for formalin and
xylene, among others, is essential for my and personnel safety.
Proper ventilation does not interfere with patient care and is a
reasonable precaution. In my lab we use industrial strength exhaust
fans and wear formalin and xylene badges at the prescribed intervals.
No one has ever come up over-exposed. If a grossing assistant were
bothered by such fumes or even a leg with wet gangrene I would tell
them to leave if necessary.
The main point I have tried to make in this brouhaha is that when one
has to choose between a regulation and good health care for a
patient, on should always choose the latter, IMO.
No rule or reg is black and white and there are always exceptions. I
consider myself and my technical supervisors and staff to have enough
common sense to ignore a rule or reg if necessary or if it makes no
sense in a particular circumstance.
I also see some cultural differences in opinions about this. Not only
UK, USA and Oz, but rural vs urban USA. There is also a generational
I know many people live by rules and regs, because they don't have to
think for themselves and make sometimes difficult decisions. They
allow the rules and regs to be the axe that drops. I would rather
have my staff be more independent thinking and an abundance of common
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