formalin in O.R. and Formalin sub.

From:Kathy Gorham <>

Hi fellow histotechs:
	I need some help and/or advice.  We had a mock JCAH inspection last week.
One of the problem area's seem to be the formalin in the O.R..  We are a
small hospital, One Histotech and one part time aide.  Our hours are 6am to
3:30pm  Mon - Fri.  We have one full time and one part time pathologist.
We have been fighting with O.R since opening our lab 22 years ago about
formalin and cutting open the specimens. The R.N's in surgery don't want
anything to do with the specimens.  The inspector says we need to get the
formalin out of O.R or have in monitored like we do in our lab. And of
course the O.R. crew jumped on the band wagon to get rid of formalin. So
our question is "Do you use formalin in O.R.?"  We are afraid that if we
don't continue having O.R fixed the tissues they will forget to do it after
hours or on week ends.  Is anyone out there using a sub. for formalin?
What are you using and what are the results? Thanks for your help.

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