RE: [Histonet] Formalin storage

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

We do not receive our specimens fresh unless there is a reason for the
specimen to be fresh, i.e. special studies, cultures.   Our specimens
come from the OR in formalin and from our clinics too.

Hazel Horn
Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Supervisor of Histology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
800 Marshall    Slot 820
Little Rock, AR   72202

phone   501.364.4240
fax        501.364.3912

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Blazek,
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 11:15 AM
To: Tom McNemar;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Formalin storage

Where I once worked, L&D was across the hall.  The personnel from L&D
brought the placentas over fresh and put them in the frig.  When I got
to work in the I put formalin on them.  Seemed to work fine.

Linda Blazek HT (ASCP)
GI Pathology of Dayton
7415 Brandt Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Phone: (937) 293-4424 ext 7118


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:13 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Formalin storage

I have a meeting tomorrow to discuss the keeping of formalin in the
surgery and L&D areas.  The hospital just had a JCAHO inspection and the
inspectors didn't like it very much.  They suggested that the 5 gallon
carboys should be stored in hoods or removed from the areas.  They went
on to say that all specimens should be taken to Histology as fresh
specimens and that the Histology personnel should be the ones putting
formalin on the specimens.  The inspectors said that that was how all of
the larger hospitals did it but no one that I have spoken to does it
that way.

So my question....  Does anybody (or a significant number of you) do it
this way?  

Personally, I can't see how this can be good for the specimens.
Specimens would have to be delivered immediately and someone would have
to be available 24/7 to take care of them.  I just don't see how it can
work.  I would appreciate any thoughts.  Thanks.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166

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