RE: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage

From:"Baldridge, Lee Ann"

I couldn't agree more!!  What a waste of time and resources.

Lee Ann Baldridge

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Starkus,
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:35 AM
To: 'Bill Blank';
Cc: louise renton
Subject: RE: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage

Bill, that's the best explanation of the inspection process I've ever

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Blank []
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:18 AM
Cc: louise renton
Subject: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage

At 7:43 AM +0000 11/25/03, louise renton wrote:
>Could someone please expand on this?  Obviously I am an ignorant 
>South African, but by "contamination" do you mean leakage of waste 
>water? And if your controls are as strict as I am led to believe (no 
>oozing blood and guts or toxic chemicals  going down the drain) why 
>does this constitute a problem?.  I am afraid that I am missing 
>something simple here.
>Unless, could it be that  there are more crawling infants in 
>histolabs in the USA than I know of :>)!!!!!?


Hi Louise. In the US, the inspection process of hospitals and labs 
has become all about power and control and not about lab reliability 
or safety.

The people in charge of 'inspecting' must find problems to justify 
their existence. There is much conflict of interest in this process. 
It is in a large part designed by lawyers to feed lawyers and by 
people who think we all have no common sense and must be treated like 

This year its about sinks; one year it's about using outdated 
expensive reagents that still work; one year it was about carpets in 
offices in labs, another about wearing non-dextrous rubber to prevent 
needle or scalpel sticks.

One learns to grin and bear it and to pick one's nose when being 
condescended to.

One learns to create appearances and to laugh at the inanities in life.

One sometimes gets po'd and yells at inspectors.



Bill Blank, MD (Celtic studies and numismatics)

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