Re: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage
Dear Bill & Gary
Superb! You have restored my conviction that central controls are not
necessarily as good as their instigators think they should be!
The scary thing is that we, in this country, are not immune to rules &
regs like this either, just a little tardier in setting them up.
Ah well, "Onwards through the fog!" as someone else once said.
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----Original Message Follows----
From: Bill Blank
CC: "louise renton"
Subject: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 09:18:03 -0600
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 children.
This year its about sinks; one year it's about using outdated expensive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
One learns to grin and bear it and to pick one's nose when being
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
http://kernunnos.com (Celtic studies and numismatics)
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