Processing of Heart Biopsies

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From:"Nocito, Joseph" <>
To:"'Histonet'" <>
Date:Fri, 28 May 1999 09:58:57 -0500

Good Friday morning Histonetters,
I have been officially informed by my chief pathologist that the hospital
will begin a transplant service.  This includes kidney, liver, heart, and
heart-lung transplants.  I have experience with kidney and liver
transplants, but heart is a new avenue.  My experience with liver and kidney
is that patients usually reject at night or over the weekends.  I can assume
heart patients will do the same thing.  Does anyone have a good, rapid
procedure for processing heart biopsies?  I know I wouldn't want to wait
until Monday if I was rejecting a heart. Anything would be helpful. I really
don't want to play around with processing on a patient specimen.  Autopsies
are far and few between.  The transplant unit is supposed to gear up
Tuesday, June 1. No rush though.  Have a good and safe Memorial Day weekend
( for you U.S. people).

Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
San Antonio, Texas 

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