Re: [Histonet] slide stainers and labelers

From:Patti Loykasek

Jennifer - We are currently doing an evaluation of the Sakura slide printer.
I should give you some background on how we operate. We are not a routine
histology lab - we're not cutting only 1-3 H&E's on blocks. We are a
reference IHC/ISH laboratory, typically we cut 6-15 unstained slides & 1 H&E
on blocks. We receive the majority of our blocks by Fed EX, so they arrive
en masse mid-morning. We were having 3-4 people write slides for at least an
hour. The slide printer needs just 1 person, and is much faster doing all
the slides. Legibility is no longer a problem. Even the doctors have
remarked on how easy & quick it is to read the slides with the uniform
printing. It took us awhile to get the software configured with our programs
the way we wanted it, but this was time well spent. We're still trying to
get it to print out paper reports of what we're inputting (so we don't have
to hand write logs). We have not tried hooking it up to our LIS yet.
Of course, this machine does not prevent errors. You can type in the
incorrect number, pick up tissue on the wrong slides, etc... I definitely
have not seen any increase in errors.
I'm truly sold on the machine due to less tech time spent writing slides,
improved legibility, quickness of printing.
Now I've just got to write new SOPs!!!
Let me know if you'd like more info.

Patti Loykasek
PhenoPath Laboratories
Seattle, WA

> I'm looking for any info on slide stainers and slide lablers.  Our lab is
> looking to purchase one of each.  All responses will be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks to everyone for helping me out whether it is now or in the past.  You
> guys ar egreat and I love this forum!
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