RE: [Histonet] Block cutting protocols

From:"Fawn Jones" (by way of histonet)

 I do believe that doing that would be a terrible idea, it leaves to
many windows of opportunity for screw ups.  I would never take the
chance being that you could accidentally mix up your blocks or forget
the order the sections went in.  This would lead to many mistakes and
possible misdiagnosis. It is an extremely bad idea
Fawn Jones

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jasper,
Thomas G.
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:42 AM
To: 'Histology SLU'
Cc: ''
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Block cutting protocols


First of all, the obvious answer to your question is a resounding NO.
And (I believe) this is a cardinal rule which should not be broken.  You
state that you want "unbiased" responses, due to unknown circumstances
by the members of the histonet.  That's fine, but how in the world is
there bias in this situation.  It's cut and dried, you don't do it ever,
under any circumstances.  It's like lighting a cigarette while pumping
gas!  I do suspect that you may be trying to convince an administrator
or some higher up with limited knowledge of clinical pathology of this
fact.  Or, you may be dealing with a "maverick" tech, that believes this
enhances speed in sectioning or something along those lines.
I may be wrong about all this, but whatever your reasons are good luck
to you as this truly is a "no-brainer".

-----Original Message-----
From: Histology SLU []
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 9:05 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Block cutting protocols

Hello All:

I hope that you all won't "flame" me with this question.  I do not want
to offer any information yet as to why I am asking.  I want your
responses to be unbiased by the circumstances for which I am asking.

The question:

Do any of you techs cutting clinical paraffin embedded blocks, lay out
multiple ribbons from multiple blocks on your water bath at one time and
then pick up your sections for each block?

I would like tech and supervisor responses please.  Thanks so much.  You
guys are always such a help.


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