RE: [Histonet] Sakura Xpress users

From:"Bartlett, Jeanine \(CDC/NCID/VR\)"

What is the conflict with the pathologists regarding the renal, skin and breast biopsies being run on the Xpress?

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: on behalf of Lori Richey 
	Sent: Thu 5/18/2006 6:01 PM 
	To: Angela Bitting 
	Subject: Re: [Histonet] Sakura Xpress users

	We use the  xpress processor  for most biopsy specimens like liver,
	cervical, prostate, and oral path.  Our pathologists have not agreed to
	put the renal,  skin biopsies or the breast biopsies on the express.  We
	also still run all of the regular surgical specimens on the VIP.  These
	work well on the xpress, however, they must be cut in at the recommended
	size limits.  Also, due to the fixation time in formalin for most of the
	large specimens it works better to load them in the VIP in formalin for
	a couple hours before the processor runs.  There are only 2 end chambers
	on the Xpress, meaning someone has to be present to unload it.
	Most of the special stains and the IHC staining is comparable to routine
	processing.  The Trich stain on liver biopsies done on the Artisan
	special stainer has been the most challenging.
	Angela Bitting wrote:
	>I'd love to get opinions from hospital Histology labs using the Xpress processor. Our Director went off to "War College" and heard all about it and you all know what happens next............. What are the benefits and drawbacks to it?
	>Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP)
	>Technical Specialist, Histology
	>Geisinger Medical Center
	>100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
	>Danville, PA 17822
	>phone  570-214-9634
	>fax  570-271-5916
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