Re: [Histonet] Fixatives

From:"Katri Tuomala"

I totally agree with Patti. Knowing what the tissue has been fixed in and 
sometimes how long would be a big help in doing special stains and immunos. 
It should be standard information given to reference labs. I don't think 
this issue belongs to Friday rants, it is a valid point!

Katri Tuomala
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Patti Loykasek" 
To: "histonet" 
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 4:21 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Fixatives

> After reading John Kiernan's eloquent dissertation on knowing your 
> fixative,
> I thought I'd venture on a similar topic. We are a reference lab and 
> receive
> specimens from all over the USA. One of my "pet peeves" is that it is rare
> to see in the report exactly what type of fixative the specimen was 
> received
> in or subsequently processed in. I know we have no standard form of
> reporting, but it just seems like best practice to me to include this
> information on the report. One of my favorites is "...received in
> fixative..." - not very helpful. I could go on & on.
> At any rate, this is just a bit of a Friday rant. I was wondering how 
> others
> felt as perhaps I am too far in left field (or maybe just the 
> 'left"coast).
> Thanks all.
> Patti Loykasek
> PhenoPath Laboratories
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