[Histonet] freezing of specimens in surgery center

From:"Elizabeth Chlipala"

Hello Histonetters
I have a unique question.  We are currently starting to set up procedure
for collecting samples from a clinical trial.  The clinical trial
involves taking multiple synovial biopsies at a surgery center.  Since
portions of the samples need to be processed for frozen sections we
wanted to be able to freeze the specimens at the surgery center via
isopentane cooled liquid nitrogen.  We really do not want to have to
transport the multiple specimens back to the main lab prior to freezing
due to the time involved it would probably be 1-2 hours post biopsy
before we could freeze the samples.  The surgery center is questioning
the flammability of the isopentane.  Has anyone encountered anything
like this?  Any suggestions would be helpful.  Thanks in advance.
Elizabeth A. Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
Premier Laboratory, LLC
P.O. Box 18592
Boulder, Colorado 80308
Office: (303) 735-5001
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