RE: [Histonet] Blades & Hematox Clarification

From:"Greg Dobbin"

I should have said my experience was the same as Sally's (ie very

Greg Dobbin, R.T.
Chief Technologist, Histology Lab
Dept. of Laboratory Medicine,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
P.O. Box 6600
Charlottetown, PE    C1A 8T5
Phone: (902) 894-2337
Fax: (902) 894-2385

There is some merit in doing the right thing rather badly,
but absolutely none in doing the wrong thing excellently!

>>> "Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)"  5/23/2008
6:56:36 AM >>>
I wanted to give the SelecTech system a try and I even submitted
to Surgipath who said they would stain them and return them for our
review. After weeks passed I contacted Surgipath and was told they
be coming soon.  After a few more months I told them to forget it.

I was very disappointed that they were not responsive. 

Jeanine Bartlett
Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch
(404) 639-3590 

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 1:57 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Blades & Hematoxylin

1.	Blades: I use the Sakura/Feathers and I just give the container
a good "whack" (on the bottom) on the counter before I dispense the
first blade. They have no choice but to be compliant after that. even
think about our humidity level in NM at about 10%...
2.	Hematoxylin: I have been reluctant because of my "position" as
president of the New Mexico Society for Histology to endorse products
this venue, but the hematoxylin issue makes it necessary for me to
my rule. I recently changed to the Surgipath "SelecTech" system and I
have to report rave reviews by my pathologists. The hematoxylin is
for TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED slides - the last slides being at least as
as the first - and I've had no difficulty in getting a supply. Shelf
life is 2 years. Stain quality is superb. Cost is extremely reasonable
for the quality. My autostainer results had been dramatically variable
until I made the change to SelecTech and although I had tried it as an
economic move, it has proved to be that and more. The SelecTech system
gives me beautiful results. Bosses are happy as clams with the stain
3.	How happy IS a clam???


Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 4700

Albuquerque, NM  87106



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