RE: Tech injury at the microtome

From:Mary Bryhan <>

Are there any stats on infection via this route of histology techs?

>>> "MacDonald, Jennifer" <> 10/05/00 01:25PM >>>
We treat this as an accidental innoculation (needle stick).  All blood
workups are done on the injured employee.  One can never assume that the
fixation was adequate to kill all potential pathogens.


> I need policy/procedure on a tech who cut themselves in the microtome.
> This
> injury required stitches. Our path said to treat it as a needle
> stick/contact with blood and body fluids. Remember, we are dealing with
> fixed, processed, paraffin embedded tissue.

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