RE: [Histonet] Slides & blocks - Biohazard?
You should be reviewing documents from your home base, UK, before commenting
Unless infected tissue is post-fixed in formic acid for 1 hour, and then
further fixed in formalin, it is still considered infectious. Shavings from
a CJD case must then be collected, bagged and incinerated.
However, once a section has been coverslipped and sealed, and then the slide
wiped with a recommended disinfectant, eg sodium hypochlorite (20,000ppm
available chlorine), it is considered safe and should be treated as you
would a normal slide.
Incidentally, tissue and fluids from the female reproductive tract are not
classified as being infectious; although placenta is classed as being of low
infectivity and should be incinerated.
Director of Anatomic Pathology
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From: kevin williams [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 2:35 PM
To: Jackie.O'Connor@abbott.com; email@example.com
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Slides & blocks - Biohazard?
Prions, are not regulations and if these are going into land fill,
surly the odd tampon has more prions than shavings.
>To: "kevin williams"
>CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, Rcartun@harthosp.org
>Subject: RE: [Histonet] Slides & blocks - Biohazard?
>Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 09:49:55 -0500
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> To: Rcartun@harthosp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [Histonet] Slides & blocks - Biohazard?
> Dear Richard:
> I have been told that shavings are not Biohazard, because they
> been processed, so how can a single "shaving" on a slide be
> Yours faithfully,
> A. Kevin Williams
> >From: "Richard Cartun"
> >Subject: [Histonet] Slides & blocks - Biohazard?
> >Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 14:22:21 -0400
> >Are glass microscopic slides and paraffin tissue blocks
> >"biohazards"? We occasionally receive either unstained slides
> >paraffin tissue block in a "Biohazard" bag from another
> >special testing. Technically speaking, the only personnel
> >handle those materials would be those individuals wearing
> >Richard Cartun
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